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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Recent Examples on the Web

And of course, the design could be simplified and made more efficient if the pectoral fin display and all the hardware that supports it were eliminated. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make a robotic fish with a battery for blood," 19 June 2019 To kind of simplify it, [flamenco is] Spanish blues, or southern Spanish blues. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Fiery flamenco as intense as the story ‘Yerma’ tells," 26 June 2019 The creators were sort of pandering to the audience and kind of vamping in a way that poisoned the show and simplified it. Jonny Auping, Longreads, "‘TV Has This Really Fraught Relationship with the Audience.’," 25 June 2019 Supporters say the bill, dubbed the CLOUD Act, will simplify the process for the U.S. government and its allies to get evidence of serious crimes and terrorist threats when that evidence is stored on a server in another country. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Congress gives police in other countries easier access to U.S. data, raising privacy concerns," 25 Mar. 2018 But Democrats say there’s nothing in the draft form, by itself, that will simplify tax season for most Americans. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "The New Tax Form Is Postcard-Size, but More Complicated Than Ever," 25 June 2018 The baroque period in Turkish monetary policy will last until June 1st, when the central bank will simplify its equally ornate monetary-policy framework. The Economist, "Turkey’s central bank has streamlined its fight against inflation," 31 May 2018 Someone who believed in their baseball abilities, simplified the game, showed integrity and compassion at a level of baseball where that’s rarely seen. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "An inside look at the 1st team Butch Thompson took to a College World Series 22 years ago," 13 June 2019 Perhaps a steady pick-and-roll diet simplifies Golden State’s assignments. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard’s Superstar Evolution Has Another Dynasty On Its Last Legs," 10 June 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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