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

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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 This helps minimize time spent in common areas around other people. · Virtual care options provided to patients before and after surgeries and procedures when appropriate, simplifying the experience. Katie Stroh, Dallas News, "Health care providers offer their patients new COVID-19 safe care options," 8 May 2020 These are the best new innovators, long-term top performers, and terrific value picks that will upgrade your home and simplify your life. Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tech, Appliances, and Gadgets For A Smarter, Safer Home," 4 May 2020 This is certainly tech that simplifies rather than tech that complicates. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "The baby Benz has grown up—the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA, reviewed," 27 Apr. 2020 As silicon chips multiplied in power, miniaturized in size, and simplified the manufacturing of computers through the 1960s, engineers could already see just how far and wide the technology would spread into our workplaces, homes, and cars. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Electronics Account for 40 Percent of the Cost of a New Car," 2 May 2020 Each kit came with fairly detailed instructions that can be simplified to: Heat on the griddle, or heat in the oven. Soleil Ho,, "We tried 5 Bay Area restaurant meal kits created for coronavirus shelter in place," 1 May 2020 The online applications will be available in English, Spanish, simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian. oregonlive, "Portland to give $250 gift cards to low-income families to help with expenses," 23 Apr. 2020 There are 30 supported language layouts, including English, simplified Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and others. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The trackpad-equipped Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro is now available to order," 15 Apr. 2020 But, simplifying a bit, the big unifying idea of MMT is that governments that print their own currency, like the United States, do not have to worry tremendously about the problem of paying back debt. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: In this COVID-19 economy, everyone in Washington leans left," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Simplify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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