simple

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simple is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
simple

Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
simple

Comparative
simpler

Superlative
simplest

  1. A simple task is easy to do and easy to understand.
    Baking this cake is very simple as it only has 3 steps.
    It's a simple book for learners to read and understand.
  2. Something that is simple is basic and not complicated.
    She was poor and only had a simple dress.
    Their plan was very simple.
  3. A simple person is not intelligent (we sometimes use this in a bad way)
    He isn't a bad boy, he's just a little simple.
  4. In grammar, the simple aspect is used when the speaker sees the situation as complete (compare progressive aspect).
    "I run" is the present simple; "I'm running" is the present progressive.

Noun[change]

Singular
simple

Plural
simples

  1. (old, no longer used) (medicine) A simple is a medicine that is prepared only from one plant.

Verb[change]

Plain form
simple

Third-person singular
simples

Past tense
simpled

Past participle
simpled

Present participle
simpling

  1. (transitive & intransitive) (medicine) When you simple things (especially herbs), you are trying to gather simples.

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