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




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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But in simplifying the transfer of funds, payment apps have added layers to both sides of the equation and ballooned the number of opportunities for missteps. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "The Confusing World of Venmo Etiquette," 10 Feb. 2019 And anything that simplifies getting dressed for work, especially at this price point, is at least worth a try. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "I Tested Everlane's Work Pants to See What All the Hype Was About," 30 July 2018 Musk also revealed that the Model 3 ordering process has been simplified and now has fewer options. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla quietly drops “full self-driving” option as it adds $45,000 Model 3," 19 Oct. 2018 The truth is, like escaping society for the wilderness of Oregon, monochrome feels like a way to radically simplify and focus your life — an ideal look for a cult of one. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "I Want This Cult’s Look," 28 Mar. 2018 Soft Sport blends seamlessly with your everyday wardrobe and simplifies the transition from studio to street. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Hate Athleisure? Eres and Filippa K’s New Collections Will Change Your Mind," 22 Jan. 2019 To simplify the task of spotting anomalies, CORVIDS turns the possible data sets into histograms and arranges them into a three-dimensional chart. The Economist, "Computer algorithms can test the dodginess of published results," 14 June 2018 There’s just one door, on one side, to simplify ground operations. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Uber Unveils the Flying Taxi It Wants to Rule the Skies," 8 May 2018 Click here for more on CVS’s plans to change health care Other health-care rivals are consolidating as well, using the combinations to simplify a complex web of intermediaries to take more control of patients’ care., "Walmart and Humana Move Closer as Separate Upheavals Threaten," 1 Apr. 2018

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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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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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