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 simplify (audio) \ noun
simplifier \ ˈsim-​plə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce simplify (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 That same month, Zhang’s lab developed a way to simplify the Sherlock system into a process that required just a single-step reaction. Walter Isaacson, STAT, "CRISPR rivals put patents aside to help in fight against Covid-19," 5 Mar. 2021 Lease management technology is the best way to streamline, simplify and automate labor-intensive lease administration tasks. Uriel Barillas, Forbes, "How Technology Can Be Used To Avoid These Six Lease Administration Mistakes," 3 Mar. 2021 In Kentucky, teens Teague and Beck drew from their experience to send a letter to Governor Andy Beshear’s office that outlined several steps to simplify vaccine scheduling, such as creating a map hyperlinked to all available vaccine sites. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, "Teens And Other Volunteers Help Seniors Find Scarce COVID Shots," 3 Mar. 2021 Owner Brandon Waller launched the stand at the Dallas Farmers Market in 2018, but eventually began looking for a standalone location to simplify his operation. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Black-owned restaurant Bam’s Vegan opens in Irving," 2 Mar. 2021 Senate Bill 105 would simplify the process for early termination for people who have served at least three years on probation and met certain requirements. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Probation reform bill to streamline early termination process advances from Georgia Senate," 26 Feb. 2021 And if the team can simplify its regulation-time act, the cleaner play is likely to emphasize the steadiness from Talbot that was upstaged by these instant-classic conclusions. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild goalie Cam Talbot takes the good breaks with the bad," 17 Jan. 2021 The legislation would also simplify the forgiveness application process for loans under $150,000. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Pelosi, Mnuchin Work to Reach Deal Before Tuesday Deadline," 20 Oct. 2020 Adams said Massachusetts should be making similar moves to simplify the signup process. Globe Staff,, "This Massachusetts software developer is building a better website to find vaccination slots than the state," 5 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of simplify

1750, 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 1750

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6 Mar 2021

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“Simplify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of simplify

: to make (something) easier to do or understand


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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