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adjective simple pronunciation in American English /ˈsɪmp(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    easy to understand, solve, or do
    Students were given a simple skills test.
    The book tries to give simple explanations of some very complex scientific ideas.
    It’s a good idea, but implementing it won’t be as simple as you think.
    simple to do: The machine is fairly simple to operate.
    (not) that simple: All you have to do is press the button. It’s that simple.
  2. 2
    plain and without decoration
    Sally likes clothes that are simple but elegant.
    Ben used to live in a simple cabin in the woods.
    a simple meal
  3. 3
    not involving anything else, or not complicated by anything else
    It’s just a simple cold.
    simple fact: The simple fact is that he wants a divorce.
    for the simple reason that: The country has no navy for the simple reason that it has no coast.
  4. 4
    with only one or very few parts
    Archaeologists found several simple tools at the site.
    By issuing simple voice commands, you can get the computer to perform most functions.
  5. 5
    honest and ordinary
    Her grandparents were simple people who never had much money.
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