simplify

verb
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

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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The robot debuted at Caliburger in Pasadena, California, promising to simplify the burger-making process. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "'Westworld' gets real, Kristen Wiig turns evil, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 16 Mar. 2018 Finally, William Blair’s Nick Heymann says Honeywell isn’t broken, just simplifying. Bloomberg.com, "We Shouldn’t Fear 2.5 Percent Inflation, Charles Evans Says," 11 Oct. 2017 As a side bonus, the batteries can also power onboard systems, simplifying the aircraft's design. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "When will electric airliners make sense?," 14 Dec. 2018 Same deal: There’s a single point of contact between the big microgrid and each small microgrid (thus simplifying things for the big microgrid). David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Digitization, which simplified tasks in many industries, promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s first post-midterms move: Dump Attorney General Jeff Sessions," 8 Nov. 2018 Like relying on family and finding products that simplify her everyday routine — starting with Arm and Hammer baking soda. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "Lala Anthony Talks Motherhood, Activism, and the Beauty Products She Can't Live Without," 8 Aug. 2018 Kuby said her intent is to cut down on youth smoking rates and simplify the purchasing process for vendors. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Tempe explores raising tobacco purchasing age to 21," 25 June 2018 The unit charged with sifting through applications began developing protocols to simplify the process in January 2017. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration undermined student debt relief unit while claims mounted, watchdog finds," 15 June 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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simplify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of simplify

: to make (something) easier to do or understand

simplify

verb
sim·​pli·​fy | \ ˈsim-plə-ˌfī \
simplified; simplifying

Kids Definition of simplify

: to make simple or simpler : make easier

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