- (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.
2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
- A “moving platform” scheme […] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. […] This set-up solves several problems […]. Stopping high-speed trains wastes energy and time, so why not simply slow them down enough for a moving platform to pull alongside?
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
Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: chair · date · summer · #855: simply · terrible · Tom · author