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adjective simple pronunciation in British 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 sea.

  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.

    1. b.
      linguistics a simple sentence has only one subject and one verb
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