(noun, adjective, verb)


1. having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

- a simple problem

- simple mechanisms

- a simple design

Similar word(s): easy, plain, simple, unsubdivided, simplex, simplistic, unanalyzable, undecomposable, uncomplicated, unsophisticated

2. easy and not involved or complicated

- a simple game

Similar word(s): easy, elementary, uncomplicated, unproblematic

3. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

- the simple passage of time was enough

- the simple truth

Similar word(s): plain, bare, mere

4. exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

Similar word(s): naif, naive, childlike

5. lacking mental capacity and subtlety

6. (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions

Similar word(s): acerate, acerose, acicular, acuminate, apiculate, caudate, cordate, cordiform, cuneate, deltoid, dolabrate, dolabriform, elliptic, bladelike, ensiform, swordlike, hastate, lancelike, lanceolate, elongate, linear, lyrate, needled, obtuse, oblanceolate, oblong, obovate, orbicular, orbiculate, ovate, pandurate, panduriform, peltate, perfoliate, reniform, sagittate, sagittiform, spatulate, unlobed, simple, smooth, unsubdivided

7. without decoration, adornment or embellishment; plain

- a simple country schoolhouse

- her black dress--simple to austerity

Similar word(s): plain

Sentences with simple as an adjective:

- a simple ascidian


1. any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

Definition categories: plant, herb

2. a person lacking intelligence or common sense

Similar word(s): simpleton

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul


1. (transitive, intransitive, archaic) To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.