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Definition of simply:

  1. In a simple manner or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; along; merely; solely; barely.
  2. Plainly; without art or subtlety.
  3. Weakly; foolishly.


frankly, modestly, alone, naturally, awkwardly, merely, plain, only when, exactly, scarce, honestly, precisely, solely, utterly, but, quietly, scarcely, manifestly, plainly, only, patently, apparently, just, evidently, hardly, exclusively, sincerely, commonly, ordinarily, only if, obviously, ingenuously, just now, openly.

Usage examples:

  • I simply could not do that.

    - "Out of the Air", Inez Haynes Irwin.
  • But Wygor couldn't find the answer as simply as that.

    - "The Asses of Balaam", Gordon Randall Garrett.
  • " Oh no," said Salome simply.

    - "Salome", Emma Marshall.