simplify

verb sim·pli·fy \ ˈsim-plə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of simplify

simplified; simplifying
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

simplification

play \ˌsim-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

simplifier

play \ˈsim-plə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of simplify in a Sentence

  1. Microwave ovens have simplified cooking.

  2. The new software should simplify the process.

  3. The forms have been simplified.

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Origin and Etymology of simplify

French simplifier, from Medieval Latin simplificare, from simplus simple

simplify Synonyms

Synonyms
streamline
Antonyms
complex, complexify, complicate, perplex, sophisticate
Related Words
dumb down, oversimplify; prune, strip (down), trim; purify, refine
Near Antonyms
elaborate

SIMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners

simplify

verb

Definition of simplify for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) easier to do or understand


SIMPLIFY Defined for Kids

simplify

verb sim·pli·fy \ ˈsim-plə-ˌfī \

Definition of simplify for Students

simplified; simplifying
: to make simple or simpler : make easier


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