simplify

verb
sim·​pli·​fy | \ ˈsim-plə-ˌfī How to pronounce simplify (audio) \
simplified; simplifying

Definition of simplify

transitive verb

: to make simple or simpler: such as
a : to reduce to basic essentials
b : to diminish in scope or complexity : streamline was urged to simplify management procedures
c : to make more intelligible : clarify

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Other Words from simplify

simplification \ ˌsim-​plə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce simplification (audio) \ noun
simplifier \ ˈsim-​plə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce simplifier (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for simplify

Synonyms

streamline

Antonyms

complex, complexify, complicate, perplex, sophisticate

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Examples of simplify in a Sentence

Microwave ovens have simplified cooking. The new software should simplify the process. The forms have been simplified.
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The hair and makeup was simplified to match the setting, leaving Jacobs’s clothing the star of the show. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "Marc on Film! Behind the Scenes of Marc Jacobs’s Fall 2019 Show," 16 Feb. 2019 But the catch rule was simplified in the offseason to eliminate the caveat a receiver had to control the ball to the ground. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Play of the Week: Lions game was won on the strength of one-on-one battles like this one," 30 Oct. 2018 Financial dealings between the companies will be further simplified. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "HNA Unit Raises $2.2 Billion Selling Stake in Aircraft Lessor," 8 Aug. 2018 This simplifies matters greatly for the defender but has a number of problems, particularly getting the interceptor close enough to enemy territory to hit the missiles in time. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Wants to Test a Space-Based 'Particle Beam' by 2023," 18 Mar. 2019 The atoms in solids, such as silicon or diamond, are relatively stationary, but their crystalline order dramatically simplifies the equations necessary to understand their properties. James Kakalios, WSJ, "‘Liquid Rules’ Review: Going With the Flow," 7 Mar. 2019 But in 2007, the town simplified the language when the laws were posted online, said Kyle Rietkerk, the assistant to the Severance town administrator. Emily S. Rueb, The Seattle Times, "9-year-old boy helps repeal snowball-throwing ban in Colorado town," 5 Dec. 2018 Another third of the money is going to simplify its supply chains, making an effort to buy directly from farmers. Fortune, "How the World's Largest Chocolate Maker Is Spending $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change," 5 June 2018 Photo: Randy Risling/Zuma Press The firm was forced to pour money last year into restaurant remodeling, updating the look of its Tim Hortons and Burger King chains, introducing new espresso drinks and simplifying menus. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "It Shook the Food Business by Snagging Burger King, Kraft and Heinz. Now 3G Is Reeling.," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of simplify

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for simplify

French simplifier, from Medieval Latin simplificare, from simplus simple

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simplify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of simplify

: to make (something) easier to do or understand

simplify

verb
sim·​pli·​fy | \ ˈsim-plə-ˌfī How to pronounce simplify (audio) \
simplified; simplifying

Kids Definition of simplify

: to make simple or simpler : make easier

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