a. In a plain and unadorned way: dresses simply.
b. In an unambiguous way; clearly: explained the concept simply.
2. Not wisely or sensibly; foolishly.
3. Merely; only: It is simply a matter of time.
4. Absolutely; altogether: simply delicious.
5. Frankly; candidly: You are, quite simply, the best candidate for the job.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.