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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The guess here is that Martindale will try to simplify things and rely more on athletic talent than brain work. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Rebuilding the offense is fine, but the Ravens need to find pass rushers, too," 25 June 2018 The designer was entrusted with completely revamping the label, and did so by simplifying everything. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Bottega Veneta Designer Tomas Maier Departs," 14 June 2018 Littlefield credited his improvement by simplifying his approach. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Top-ranked St. X rallies past Boyle in state baseball quarterfinal," 9 June 2018 Ed Warinner now oversees the offensive line, and has made an impact by simplifying concepts and line calls. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football ranked fifth in Athlon's top 25: Why that's too high," 21 May 2018 These are her best tips for simplifying dinner without sacrificing creativity or flavor. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "How Jodi Moreno Makes Simple Summer Cooking Taste Amazing," 16 May 2018 What may be even more beneficial than simplifying sign-ons is the protection from phishing attacks: If there's no password to enter, then that password can't be stolen. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Our Password-Free Future Is Near (But Not Really)," 19 Apr. 2018 The aim is to spur innovation by simplifying the regulatory environment. The Economist, "Autonomous vehiclesA pedestrian has been killed by a self-driving car," 22 Mar. 2018 Members of a task force charged with simplifying Louisiana’s criminal code can’t seem to agree on what to do. Julia O'donoghue,, "Opioid lawsuit, salty Mississippi River and power investigation: Louisiana politics today (Jan. 19)," 19 Jan. 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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