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sim·ple

 (sĭm′pəl)
adj. sim·pler, sim·plest
1.
a. Having few parts or features; not complicated or elaborate: a house with a simple floor plan.
b. Easy to understand, do, or carry out: a simple set of instructions; a simple chore. See Synonyms at easy.
c. Having or composed of only one thing, element, or part: a simple chemical substance.
d. Being without additions or modifications; mere: a simple "yes" or "no."
e. Biology Having no divisions or branches; not compound: a simple leaf; a simple eye or lens.
f. Music Being without figuration or elaboration: a simple tone.
2.
a. Having little or no ornamentation; not embellished or adorned: a simple dress. See Synonyms at plain.
b. Not characterized by luxury or elaborate commitments: simple living.
3.
a. Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere: a simple child; told us about his achievement in the simplest manner.
b. Having or showing little intelligence, education, or experience: simple people who have trouble understanding health regulations. See Synonyms at naive.
c. Lowly in condition or rank: a simple woodcutter.
n. Archaic
A medicinal plant or the medicine obtained from it.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin simplus; see sem- in Indo-European roots and from simplex; see simplex.]

sim′ple·ness n.

simple

(ˈsɪmpəl)
adj
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) chem (of a substance or material) consisting of only one chemical compound rather than a mixture of compounds
11. (Mathematics) maths
a. (of a fraction) containing only integers
b. (of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
c. (of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
12. (Biology) biology
a. not divided into parts: a simple leaf; a simple eye.
b. formed from only one ovary: simple fruit.
13. (Music, other) music relating to or denoting a time where the number of beats per bar may be two, three, or four
n
14. a simpleton; fool
15. (Pharmacology) a plant, esp a herbaceous plant, having medicinal properties
[C13: via Old French from Latin simplex plain]
ˈsimpleness n

sim•ple

(ˈsɪm pəl)

adj. -pler, -plest,
n. adj.
1. easy to understand or deal with.
2. not elaborate or complicated; plain; unembellished: a simple design.
3. not ornate or luxurious; unadorned: a simple dress.
4. unaffected; unassuming; modest.
5. occurring or considered alone; mere; bare: the simple truth.
6. free of deceit or guile; sincere; artless.
7. common or ordinary: a simple soldier.
8. not grand or sophisticated; unpretentious: simple tastes.
9. humble or lowly: simple folk.
10. unlearned; ignorant.
11. lacking mental acuteness or sense.
12. naive; credulous.
13. mentally deficient; simpleminded.
14. Chem.
a. composed of only one substance or element: a simple substance.
b. not mixed.
15. Bot. not divided into parts: a simple leaf.
16. Zool. not compound: a simple ascidian.
17. Music. uncompounded or without overtones; single: a simple tone.
18.
a. (of a subject or predicate) having only the head without modifying elements included. Compare complete (def. 5).
b. (of a verb tense) consisting of a main verb with no auxiliaries, as takes (simple present) or stood (simple past) (opposed to compound).
19. Math. linear (def. 7).
20. (of a lens) having two optical surfaces only.
n.
21. an ignorant, foolish, or gullible person.
22. something simple, unmixed, or uncompounded.
23. a person of humble origins; commoner.
24. an herb or other plant used for medicinal purposes: country simples.
[1175–1225; < Old French < Late Latin simplus simple = Latin sim- one + -plus, as in duplus duple (see -fold)]
sim′ple•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simple - any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
airhead - a flighty scatterbrained simpleton; "she's a total airhead"; "every airhead on a big salary rushed out to buy one"
dimwit, doofus, nitwit, half-wit - a stupid incompetent person
dingbat - a silly empty-headed person; "you would be a dingbat even to try it"; "yet here he was with an upper class dingbat who just happened to be married to his sister"
boob, booby, pinhead, dope, dumbbell, dummy - an ignorant or foolish person
fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool, sap - a person who lacks good judgment
changeling, cretin, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, retard - a person of subnormal intelligence
idiot savant - person who is mentally retarded in general but who displays remarkable aptitude in some limited field (usually involving memory)
nebbech, nebbish - (Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton
nincompoop, ninny, poop - a stupid foolish person
forgetful person, scatterbrain - a flighty and disorganized person
schlemiel, shlemiel - (Yiddish) a dolt who is a habitual bungler
schlep, schlepper, shlep, shlepper - (Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person
schnook, shnook - (Yiddish) a gullible simpleton more to be pitied than despised; "don't be such an apologetic shnook"
sheep - a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon
space cadet - someone who seems unable to respond appropriately to reality (as if under the influence of some narcotic drug)
lame, square - someone who doesn't understand what is going on
dolt, dullard, pillock, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, stupe, stupid, stupid person - a person who is not very bright; "The economy, stupid!"
subnormal - a person of less than normal intelligence
twerp, twirp, twit - someone who is regarded as contemptible
Adj.1.simple - having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"
easy - posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
2.simple - easy and not involved or complicatedsimple - easy and not involved or complicated; "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"
easy - posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma"
3.simple - apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
4.simple - exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"
5.simple - lacking mental capacity and subtlety
retarded - relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development; "providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded"
6.simple - (botany) of leaf shapessimple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
simple - having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"
smooth - of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth
compound - composed of more than one part; "compound leaves are composed of several lobes; "compound flower heads"
7.simple - unornamented; "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

simple

adjective
2. easy, straightforward, not difficult, light, elementary, manageable, effortless, painless, uncomplicated, undemanding, easy-peasy (slang) The job itself had been simple enough.
3. plain, natural, basic, classic, severe, Spartan, uncluttered, unadorned, unfussy, unembellished She's shunned Armani for a simple blouse and jeans.
plain elaborate, intricate, ornate, fussy, contrived
4. pure, mere, sheer, unalloyed His refusal to talk was simple stubborness.

simple

adjective
1. Free from extraneous elements:
2. Posing no difficulty:
Informal: snap.
3. Without addition, decoration, or qualification:
4. Not elaborate or showy, as in appearance or style:
5. Having only a limited ability to learn and understand:
Informal: soft.
7. Of little distinction:
noun
One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
Translations
بَسيطبَسِيطساذِج العَقْل، بَسيطساذِج، بَسيطلَيْس مُعَقَّدا
прост
jednoduchýlehkýnaivníprostoduchýprostý
enkelenklegodtroendeletnaiv
simpla
yksinkertainen
jednostavan
egyszerű
einfaldureinfaldur, auîskilinneinfaldur, auîtrúaeinfaldur, vitgrannurlátlaus
簡単な
단순한
simplex
lengvesnisne itin protingassupaprastinimassupaprastintassupaprastintas dalykas
lētticīgsnaivsne visai gudrsskaidrstīrs
simplu
enostavennesestavljenpreprost
enkel
ง่าย
dễ hiểu

simple

[ˈsɪmpl]
A. ADJ (simpler (compar) (simplest (superl)))
1. (= uncomplicated) [problem, idea, task] → sencillo, simple
there is no simple answerno existe una respuesta sencilla
nothing could be simplerno hay nada más simple
it's as simple as thatla cosa es así de sencilla
it's not as simple as you thinkno es tan sencillo como piensas
it should be a simple enough jobno debería ser un trabajo difícil
keep it simpleno lo compliques
in simple termsen lenguaje sencillo
the simplest thing would be to phonelo más sencillo sería llamar por teléfono
to be simple to make/useser sencillo de hacer/usar
2. (= mere) → simple
a simple phone call could win you a week's holiday in Floridacon una simple llamada de teléfono podría ganar una semana de vacaciones en Florida
by the simple fact thatpor el simple hecho de que ...
to be a simple matter of doing sthser simplemente una cuestión de hacer algo
3. (= elementary) → simple
a simple act of kindnessun simple acto de bondad
the simple fact isla pura realidad es ...
for the simple reason thatpor la simple razón de que ...
the simple truthla pura verdad
see also pure A1
4. (= not fussy) [dress, style, food] → sencillo
5. (= unsophisticated) [person, life, pleasures, pursuits] → sencillo
these are simple peopleson gente sencilla
the simple things in or of lifelas cosas sencillas de la vida
6. (= mentally retarded) → simple
7. (Chem, Bio, Bot, Med) → simple
8. (Gram) [sentence, tense] → simple
B. CPD simple division Ndivisión f simple
simple equation Necuación f de primer grado
simple fraction Nfracción f simple
simple interest Ninterés m simple
simple majority N (Pol) → mayoría f simple
Simple Simon Ntontorrón m, simplón m, alma m de cántaro (Sp)
simple tense N (Gram) → tiempo m simple

simple

[ˈsɪmpəl] adj
(= uncomplicated) [task, solution, question, instructions, method, diagram, advice] → simple
It's very simple → C'est très simple.
Wouldn't it be simpler to chop the tree down? → Cela ne serait pas plus simple d'abattre l'arbre?
(= basic) [meal, clothes, lifestyle, accommodation, design, plan] → simple
He lives a simple life → Il mène une vie simple.
a simple black dress → une simple robe noire, une robe noire simple
(not intelligent)simplet(te)
He's a bit simple → Il est un peu simple., Il est un peu simplet.
(for emphasis)simple before n
His refusal to talk was simple stubborness → Son refus de parler n'était que simple entêtement.
for the simple reason that ... → pour la simple raison que ...
the simple truth → la vérité pure et simple
(GRAMMAR) [tense, sentence] → simplesimple interest n (MATHEMATICS, COMMERCE)intérêts mpl simplessimple-minded [ˌsɪmpəlˈmaɪndɪd] adjsimplet(te), simple d'esprit

simple

adj (+er)
(= uncomplicated, easy)einfach; the camcorder is simple to useder Camcorder ist einfach zu bedienen; it’s as simple as ABCes ist kinderleicht; “chemistry made simpleChemie leicht gemacht
(= plain, not elaborate)einfach; decor, dressschlicht, einfach; in simple termsin einfachen Worten; in simple languagein einfacher Sprache; the simple fact or truth is …es ist einfach so, dass …; the simple fact that …die schlichte Tatsache, dass…; for the simple reason that …aus dem einfachen or schlichten Grund, dass …; it’s a simple matter of moneyes ist schlicht und einfach eine Frage des Geldes; it’s a simple matter of finding adequate financees geht ganz einfach darum, angemessene finanzielle Mittel zu finden
(= unsophisticated, unworldly)einfach, schlicht; I’m a simple soulich bin ein einfacher Mensch; she likes the simple lifesie mag das einfache Leben or einen einfachen Lebensstil; the simple things in or of lifedie einfachen Dinge des Lebens or im Leben
(= foolish, mentally deficient)einfältig
(Chem, Med, Math, Ling) → einfach; (Biol, Bot) life formprimitiv, einfach

simple

:
simple contract
n (Jur) → formloser Vertrag
simple fracture
n (Med) → einfacher Bruch
simple interest
n (Fin) → Kapitalzinsen pl
simple majority
simple-minded
adjeinfältig
simple-mindedness
nEinfältigkeit f, → Einfalt f
Simple Simon
n (= simpleton)Einfaltspinsel m (inf pej)
simple time
n (Mus) → gerader Takt

simple

[ˈsɪmpl] adj (-r (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → semplice; (foolish) → sempliciotto/a, sprovveduto/a
to make simple(r) → semplificare
it's as simple as ABC → è come bere un bicchier d'acqua
to make it simple for you ... → per semplificarti le cose...
the simple truth → la pura verità
in simple terms, in simple English → in parole povere
for the simple reason that ... → per il semplice motivo che...
simple equation (Math) → equazione f di primo grado
a simple Simon → un(a) sempliciotto/a
he's a bit simple (fam, euph) (mentally impaired) → è poco sveglio

simple

(ˈsimpl) adjective
1. not difficult; easy. a simple task.
2. not complicated or involved. The matter is not as simple as you think.
3. not fancy or unusual; plain. a simple dress/design; He leads a very simple life.
4. pure; mere. the simple truth.
5. trusting and easily cheated. She is too simple to see through his lies.
6. weak in the mind; not very intelligent. I'm afraid he's a bit simple, but he's good with animals.
ˈsimpleton (-tən) noun
a foolish person.
simplicity (simˈplisəti) noun
the state of being simple. The beauty of this idea is its simplicity; He answered with a child's simplicity.
ˌsimplifiˈcation noun
1. the process of making simpler.
2. something made simpler; a simpler form. The Americans have made some simplifications in English spelling.
ˈsimplified adjective
made less difficult or complicated. simplified language/tasks.
ˈsimplify (-plifai) verb
to make simpler. Can you simplify your language a little?
ˈsimply adverb
1. only. I do it simply for the money.
2. absolutely. simply beautiful.
3. in a simple manner. She was always very simply dressed.
ˌsimple-ˈminded adjective
of low intelligence; stupid.
ˌsimple-ˈmindedness noun

simple

بَسِيط jednoduchý simpel einfach απλός simple yksinkertainen simple jednostavan semplice 簡単な 단순한 eenvoudig enkel prosty simples простой enkel ง่าย basit dễ hiểu 简单的

sim·ple

a. simple, sencillo-a;
adv. simplemente, meramente.
References in classic literature ?
No one but Beth could get much music out of the old piano, but she had a way of softly touching the yellow keys and making a pleasant accompaniment to the simple songs they sang.
The thought was involved but a simple statement of it would be something like this:
Damon and Professor Bumper than did the simple announcement of the young inventor.
It seemed to me that he despised him for being so simple and docile.
As Edna seated herself at table with them she thought, "Better a dinner of herbs," though it did not take her long to discover that it was no dinner of herbs, but a delicious repast, simple, choice, and in every way satisfying.
The simple array of the chosen band was soon completed.
Shelby, I have tried--tried most faithfully, as a Christian woman should--to do my duty to these poor, simple, dependent creatures.
As I walked by her side that May morning, I was only conscious of her voice and her exquisite girlhood; for though she talked with the APLOMB of a woman of the world, a passionate candour and simple ardour in her manner would have betrayed her, had her face not plainly declared her the incarnation of twenty.
In the same way I thought that the sciences contained in books (such of them at least as are made up of probable reasonings, without demonstrations), composed as they are of the opinions of many different individuals massed together, are farther removed from truth than the simple inferences which a man of good sense using his natural and unprejudiced judgment draws respecting the matters of his experience.
This simple train of inquiry furnishes us at once with a test by which to judge of the true nature of the clause complained of.
Some other security, therefore, was to be sought for; and what better security would the case admit, than that of selecting and appealing to some simple and familiar portion of time, as a standard for measuring the danger of innovations, for fixing the national sentiment, and for uniting the patriotic exertions?
Plots are either Simple or Complex, for the actions in real life, of which the plots are an imitation, obviously show a similar distinction.