sim·pli·fy | \ˈsim-plə-ˌfī \
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 \ noun
simplifier \ˈsim-plə-ˌfī(-ə)r \ noun

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

There is a growing sense that, to make patients safer, hospitals need to simplify the ever more complex world of health care. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 What could be used or not used to simplify this rigging? . Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Gear You Need to Get Your Truck Unstuck," 19 June 2018 To simplify things, the Mars Helicopter will fly only in calm conditions with little wind. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fly a Helicopter on Mars," 15 May 2018 The latest, announced on Wednesday, is Chronicle, a previously undisclosed moonshot in computer security that aims to simplify the lives of cybersecurity and IT professionals. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Alphabet's Latest Moonshot Graduate Is Tackling Cybersecurity," 24 Jan. 2018 Cutting taxes and simplifying regulations makes America the place to invest! Paul Gattis,, "Trump celebrates Toyota-Mazda decision to pick Alabama," 10 Jan. 2018 To simplify things in the chaos, firefighters reduce the contours of a building to the first four letters of the alphabet, starting with A for the front wall and moving clockwise around the structure. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 For patients like Gaytan, the prospect of new medications to simplify and reduce the costs of her treatment is tantalizing. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes," 13 July 2018 That trend is fueling the rise of online sellers who are simplifying the process and luring customers with lower-than-store prices, free shipping and a no-risk three-month trial. Janine Wolf / Bloomberg, Time, "You Can Pay to Nap at This Mattress Company's New Store," 11 July 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 \
simplified; simplifying

Kids Definition of simplify

: to make simple or simpler : make easier

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