simply

[sim-plee]

adverb

in a simple manner; clearly and easily.
plainly; unaffectedly.
sincerely; artlessly: to speak simply as a child.
merely; only: It is simply a cold.
unwisely; foolishly: If you behave simply toward him, you're bound to be betrayed.
wholly; absolutely: simply irresistible.

Origin of simply

First recorded in 1250–1300, simply is from the Middle English word simpleliche. See simple, -ly
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Historical Examples of simply

  • She simply lived by her wits, and perhaps by some want of that article in her male friends.

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • No questions were asked; no information given; they simply disappeared.

  • Yet Hope had appealed to him so simply, had trusted him so nobly!

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • It was simply impossible to judge with any accuracy of the distance of the ship.

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • But as I gather it, after you shot Bill Dozier you simply sat on your horse and waited.


British Dictionary definitions for simply

simply

adverb

in a simple manner
merely; only
absolutely; altogether; reallya simply wonderful holiday
(sentence modifier) frankly; candidly
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Word Origin and History for simply
adv.

late 13c., simpleliche; see simple + -ly (2). Purely intensive sense is attested from 1580s.

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