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oversimplify

verb over·sim·pli·fy \-ˈsim-plə-ˌfī\

: to describe (something) in a way that does not include all the facts and details and that causes misunderstanding

Full Definition of OVERSIMPLIFY

transitive verb
:  to simplify to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, or error
intransitive verb
:  to engage in undue or extreme simplification
over·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion \-ˌsim-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of OVERSIMPLIFY

  1. The article oversimplifies the problem.
  2. She tends to oversimplify things.
  3. We must resist the temptation to oversimplify.

First Known Use of OVERSIMPLIFY

1923
OVERSIMPLIFIED Defined for Kids

oversimplify

verb over·sim·pli·fy \ˌō-vər-ˈsim-plə-ˌfī\
over·sim·pli·fiedover·sim·pli·fy·ing

Definition of OVERSIMPLIFY for Kids

:  to cause (something) to seem simpler than it is <He oversimplified a complicated problem.>

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