sim·ply /ˈsɪmpli, ||pəli/
1. In a simple manner or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; along; merely; solely; barely.
[They] make that now good or evil, . . . which otherwise of itself were not simply the one or the other. --Hooker.
Simply the thing I am
Shall make me live. --Shak.
2. Plainly; without art or subtlety.
Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise
By simply meek. --Milton.
3. Weakly; foolishly.
adv 1: and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a
matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a
child"; "hopes that last but a moment" [syn: merely,
just, only, but]
2: absolutely; altogether; really; "we are simply broke"
3: in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment;
"she was dressed plainly"; "they lived very simply" [syn:
4: absolutely; "I just can't take it anymore"; "he was just
grand as Romeo"; "it's simply beautiful!" [syn: just]