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simply

[sim-plee] /ˈsɪm pli/
adverb
1.
in a simple manner; clearly and easily.
2.
plainly; unaffectedly.
3.
sincerely; artlessly:
to speak simply as a child.
4.
merely; only:
It is simply a cold.
5.
unwisely; foolishly:
If you behave simply toward him, you're bound to be betrayed.
6.
wholly; absolutely:
simply irresistible.
Origin of simply
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English simpleliche. See simple, -ly
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  • Madame Gigi simply shrugged her shoulders, and opened her eyes.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • They were simply aghast, and Clif stood fairly rooted to the deck.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Anybody can see that we're playing all round you simply because we've got the best team.

  • Why, it would be simply monstrous if your career were spoilt through no fault of your own.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Nations are not simply chastised in this world, they are also punished.

British Dictionary definitions for simply

simply

/ˈsɪmplɪ/
adverb
1.
in a simple manner
2.
merely; only
3.
absolutely; altogether; really: a simply wonderful holiday
4.
(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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