oversimplify

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verb over·sim·pli·fy \-ˈsim-plə-ˌfī\

Definition of oversimplify

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to simplify to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, or error

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in undue or extreme simplification

oversimplification

play \-ˌsim-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of oversimplify in a sentence

  1. The article oversimplifies the problem.

  2. She tends to oversimplify things.

  3. We must resist the temptation to oversimplify.

1923

First Known Use of oversimplify

1923


OVERSIMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners

oversimplify

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verb over·sim·pli·fy \-ˈsim-plə-ˌfī\

Definition of oversimplify for English Language Learners

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


OVERSIMPLIFY Defined for Kids

oversimplify

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

Definition of oversimplify for Students

oversimplified

oversimplifying

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


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