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

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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 At a minimum, the U.S. should simplify the rules for its expats and raise the balance thresholds so middle-income filers are exempt. Washington Post, "Stop Treating American Expats Like Tax Cheats," 26 Nov. 2019 And, sure, this guide is grouped by flower, but that’s just to simplify things. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Floral Perfumes to Spritz This Fall," 7 Oct. 2019 The experiences have helped simplify things to the point that, more than winning the election, what matters most to her is that her son seems to have found happiness. Thomas Beaumont, chicagotribune.com, "The hopes and fears of Pete Buttigieg’s mom: From reading ‘ugly mail’ to helping tell her son’s story," 29 Sep. 2019 The experiences have helped simplify things to the point that, more than winning the election, what matters most to her is that her son seems to have found happiness. Thomas Beaumont, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Interview: The hopes and fears of Buttigieg’s mom," 28 Sep. 2019 In some large public high schools, guidance counselors can seem inaccessible, as a valedictorian in California claimed in a scathing June graduation speech, and the panoply of college admissions books doesn’t simplify things. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "These YouTubers Have Hacked College Admissions," 27 Sep. 2019 Having a home’s smart gadgets controlled via a central hub simplifies things for consumers. The Economist, "Tech firms think the home is the next big computing platform," 12 Sep. 2019 It is credited, for example, with helping to invent the barcode, which simplified cashiering and slashed the amount of time people spend in checkout lines. azcentral, "UA's $14-million gamble: Consultant gave pricey advice to devise strategic plan," 9 Nov. 2019 Citizenship simplified and improved Romans’ everyday lives in different ways. National Geographic, "In ancient Rome, citizenship was the path to power," 4 Nov. 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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The first known use of simplify was in 1759

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Simplify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simplifies. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for simplify

simplify

verb
How to pronounce simplify (audio)

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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