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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Check out the 9 best powder sunscreens that get rid of oil and simplify the SPF reapplication process. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 5 Aug. 2022 Therefore, as the team puts it, even despite the complex methods of production, there is no plan to simplify the process. George Koutsakis, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The romper also allows parents the same ease as the sleep bags, with a side zipper and shoulder snaps to simplify the on and off process for parents. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 By consolidating the separate platforms of applying to affordable housing created by different agencies, Taylor said the ordinance aims to simplify the process so that more people and families can obtain safe housing in a reasonable amount of time. Briana Alvarado, ABC News, 1 July 2022 As its name suggests, the app intends to simplify the process of moving your data from an iPhone to an Android device. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 29 June 2022 As a digital transformation leader, my aim is to simplify the overcomplicated IT landscape. Osborn Gomes, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The researchers' next step will be to simplify the device and implant a tiny computer along with the electrodes so the stimulation can be turned easily on and off from a cellphone, Courtine said. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 Her goal has been to simplify the bank, concentrating on wealthy consumers and credit cards. David Benoit, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Simplify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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