oversimplify

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

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

oversimplification

play \ˌō-vər-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.

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First Known Use of oversimplify

1897


OVERSIMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners

oversimplify

verb

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

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

Definition of oversimplify for Students

oversimplified; oversimplifying
:to cause (something) to seem simpler than it is
  • He oversimplified a complicated problem.


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