- (manner) In a simple way or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; alone
- (manner) Plainly; without art or subtlety; clearly; obviously; unquestionably.
- (manner) Weakly; foolishly; stupidly.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
- (focus) merely; solely.
- I was simply asking a question.
- (degree) absolutely, positively.
- That was a simply wonderful dessert.
- (speech act) Frankly.
- Simply, he just fired you.
in a simple manner