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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: 'plain, uncomplicated', from Latin simplus, from sim- 'one' + -plus 'multiplied by'

simple

adjective
     
sim‧ple S1 W1 comparative simpler, superlative simplest
1

easy

not difficult or complicated to do or understand:
a simple but effective solution to the problem
There is no simple answer to this question.
I'm sure there's a perfectly simple explanation.
simple to use/make/operate etc
Modern cameras are very simple to use.
relatively/fairly/quite etc simple
There are relatively simple exercises to build strength.
We want to keep the costumes as simple as possible.
We can't pay people any more money until the company is more profitable. I'm afraid it's as simple as that.
2

plain

made in a plain style, without a lot of decoration or unnecessary things added:
She dressed with simple elegance.
simple but delicious food
a building constructed in a simple, classic style
3

only

[usually before noun] used to emphasize that only one thing is involved:
Completing the race is not just a simple matter of physical fitness.
The simple fact is, he's not very good at his job.
Their motive was greed, pure and simple.
4

not having many parts

made or built of only a few parts, and not having a complicated structure:
It's a very simple machine.
They evolved from simple life forms that existed millions of years ago.
5

ordinary

honest and ordinary and not special in any way:
Joe was just a simple farmer.
6

grammar

technical simple tenses are not formed with an auxiliary such as 'have' or 'be'
7

the simple life

life without too many possessions or modern machines, usually in the countryside
8

stupid

[not before noun] someone who is simple is not very intelligent:
I'm afraid Luke's a bit simple.
WORD FOCUS: easy WORD FOCUS: easy
easy to do: simple, not difficult

very easy to do: be a piece of cake, be child's play, be a snap American English, be a doddle British English, anyone can do it, be like falling off a log informal

easy to use: user-friendly

easy job: cushy informal


See also
easy

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