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simple (ˈsɪmpəl



  1. not involved or complicated; easy to understand or do   ⇒  ■ a simple problem
  2. plain; unadorned   ⇒  ■ a simple dress
  3. consisting of one element or part only; not combined or complex   ⇒  ■ a simple mechanism
  4. unaffected or unpretentious   ⇒  ■ although he became famous, he remained a simple and well-liked man
  5. not guileful; sincere; frank   ⇒  ■ her simple explanation was readily accepted
  6. of humble condition or rank   ⇒  ■ the peasant was of simple birth
  7. weak in intelligence; feeble-minded
  8. (prenominal) without additions or modifications; mere   ⇒  ■ the witness told the simple truth
  9. (prenomina) ordinary or straightforward   ⇒  ■ a simple case of mumps
  10. (chemistry) (of a substance or material) consisting of only one chemical compound rather than a mixture of compounds
  11. (mathematics)
    1. (of a fraction) containing only integers
    2. (of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
    3. (of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
  12. (biology)
    1. not divided into parts   ⇒  ■ a simple leaf,   ⇒  ■ a simple eye
    2. formed from only one ovary   ⇒  ■ simple fruit
  13. (music) relating to or denoting a time where the number of beats per bar may be two, three, or four



  1. a simpleton; fool
  2. a plant, esp a herbaceous plant, having medicinal properties

Derived Forms

ˈsimpleness  noun

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin simplex plain

Translations for 'simple'

  • British English: simple If something is simple, it is not complicated, and is therefore easy to understand or do....simple pictures and diagrams.ˈsɪmpl ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: بَسِيط
  • Brazilian Portuguese: simples
  • Chinese: 简单的
  • Croatian: jednostavan jednostavna
  • Czech: jednoduchý
  • Danish: simpel
  • Dutch: eenvoudig
  • European Spanish: simple
  • Finnish: yksinkertainen
  • French: simplepas compliqué
  • German: einfach
  • Greek: απλός απλή
  • Italian: semplice
  • Japanese: 簡単な
  • Korean: 단순한
  • Norwegian: enkel
  • Polish: prosty prostanieskomplikowany
  • Portuguese: simples
  • Romanian: simplu simplu, simplă, simpli, simple
  • Russian: простой простая
  • Spanish: simple
  • Swedish: enkel enkeltlättfattlig
  • Thai: ง่าย
  • Turkish: basit
  • Ukrainian: простий
  • Vietnamese: dễ hiểu

Example Sentences Including 'simple'

Somehow she managed to transform what was pretty simple information into something approximating a Hollywood epic.
Stuart Harrison BETTER THAN THIS (2002)
A simple word, a simple way to avoid all the things that plagued her.
In his world -- the real world -- complicated things can be made simple.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)


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