dumb down

verb
dumbed down; dumbing down; dumbs down

Definition of dumb down

transitive verb

: to lower the level of difficulty and the intellectual content of (something, such as a textbook) also : to lower the general level of intelligence in the dumbing down of society

First Known Use of dumb down

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Dumb down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumb%20down. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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