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 simplify (audio) \ noun
simplifier \ ˈsim-​plə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce simplify (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Brothers Robert and Brad Simon with their co-founder, Teresa Diep also launched a technology platform that helps lawyers simplify paperwork, data analysis, and communication, saving time and money in the process. Shama Hyder, Forbes, "Collaboration Will Get You Further Than Competition In Entrepreneurship: A Case Study With Justice HQ," 7 May 2021 Know-how to produce complex products such as vaccines is needed, and there is work to be done to improve and simplify supply chains in low-and-middle-income countries; removing the intermediaries in the market so as to reduce shortages. Ruth L. Okediji, CNN, "With a Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver likely, time to rethink global intellectual property rules," 7 May 2021 These programs simplify access to assistance for families in crisis while simultaneously addressing the root causes of poverty, including a lack of educational opportunities. NBC News, "'Two-generation' programs aim to break the cycle of poverty. The pandemic was a big test.," 18 Apr. 2021 Teladoc’s virtual care services simplify the process of connecting people with mental health specialists and other health practitioners. Dallas News, "With Teladoc, it’s easier than ever before to seek mental health care," 9 Apr. 2021 Or at least make a suggestion: simplify the playbook. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "The irony of crying 'cancel culture' on MLB for striking All-Star Game from Atlanta," 3 Apr. 2021 In early November, as the Vikings were clawing back from a 1-5 start, Zimmer had an idea for how to simplify things for a defense starting two rookies at cornerback. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings showing their lack of age at cornerback," 19 Dec. 2020 My company, Ketch, builds software based on these principles to simplify and automate data privacy compliance for companies. Tom Chavez, Fortune, "How to take data privacy back from the ‘Tech Gorillas’," 30 Apr. 2021 Republican lawmakers said the language was meant to simplify state law in scenarios where people resign. Lawrence Mower, Anchorage Daily News, "Election reforms targeting voting by mail, drop boxes pass Florida Legislature," 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of simplify

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for simplify

French simplifier, from Medieval Latin simplificare, from simplus simple

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The first known use of simplify was in 1750

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17 May 2021

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“Simplify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of simplify

: to make (something) easier to do or understand


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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