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adjective     plain pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    easily seen or understood

    Hugh’s message was short, but the meaning was plain enough.

    it is plain (that):

    It was plain that they knew each other already.

    it is plain to someone (that):

    It was plain to everyone that Maude was not happy.

    make it plain:

    Teresa made it plain that she would not help Robert any more.

    be plain to see:

    Her disappointment was plain to see.

  2. 2
    simple in design, with no decoration

    a plain wooden table

    The flower gardens were fairly plain, with few plants.

    a plain white T-shirt

    We sell a selection of plain and patterned ties.

    1. b.
      not very attractive

      He seems to be attracted to plain quiet women.

    2. c.
      [only before noun] used before a name for saying that someone does not have a special title or name

      It’s just plain Mr. Cunningham now, no need to call me Doctor.

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noun [uncountable]

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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