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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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English simpleliche. See simple, -ly
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  • And this problem can ordinarily be solved by simply providing more money.
  • She simply couldn't believe they were about to be reunited.
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  • To turn, you twist your torso and then simply point forward with one hand to walk in a direction.
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  • My point is that people teaching five or more courses a term simply aren't going to be teaching creatively.
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  • Perhaps they set out in search of food, or maybe it was simply wanderlust.
  • For a significant minority, it would simply have been the life they knew.
  • simply thaw two loaves of frozen bread dough, then stretch one in a shallow baking pan to give it the flatness of focaccia.
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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