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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Someone who believed in their baseball abilities, simplified the game, showed integrity and compassion at a level of baseball where that’s rarely seen. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "An inside look at the 1st team Butch Thompson took to a College World Series 22 years ago," 13 June 2019 Perhaps a steady pick-and-roll diet simplifies Golden State’s assignments. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kawhi Leonard’s Superstar Evolution Has Another Dynasty On Its Last Legs," 10 June 2019 Controls have been simplified for one hand on a mobile screen. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 The changes will simplify case-by-case arrangements to allow extradition of wanted suspects to countries, including mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, beyond the 20 that Hong Kong already has extradition treaties with. NBC News, "Tens of thousands rally in Hong Kong against China extradition bill," 9 June 2019 The bill would simplify and expand a program that forgives federal loans for public service workers who make 120 monthly loan payments while working for a government agency or qualified nonprofit. Michelle R. Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's high student loan debt draws attention to the issue," 8 June 2019 To simplify, Ahmari’s prescription is fighting harder, being less civil, caring less about individual liberty, and focusing energy on politics instead of culture toward the end of socially conservative government impositions. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Post-Liberal Dead End," 7 June 2019 Also, television news is about simplifying a lot of facts, analyzing events quickly and interpreting complex information -- live on air. Robyn Curnow, CNN, "The upside to dyslexia, even as a journalist," 6 June 2019 The Our Family Wizard app simplifies the logistics by allowing shared access to the parenting schedule as well as expenses and payments. Andrea Barbalich, Woman's Day, "5 Apps To Help You Through Divorce," 5 June 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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simplify

verb

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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