Definition of oversimplify
: to simplify to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, or error
: to engage in undue or extreme simplification
oversimplificationplay \ˌō-vər-ˌsim-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
Examples of oversimplify in a sentence
The article oversimplifies the problem.
She tends to oversimplify things.
We must resist the temptation to oversimplify.
First Known Use of oversimplify
OVERSIMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of oversimplify for Students
: to cause (something) to seem simpler than it is <He oversimplified a complicated problem.>
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