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

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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 Instruments and computers made by different companies could easily communicate with each other using this agreed to protocol, simplifying the creative process and giving musicians choice of what instruments to use. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "An update to a 37-year-old digital protocol could profoundly change the way music sounds," 30 Jan. 2020 Regulators weakened a section of the rule last year, simplifying the process for determining which types of trading are permitted and which aren’t. Renae Merle, Washington Post, "Federal Reserve proposes weakening ‘Volcker rule,’ key post-financial crisis regulation," 30 Jan. 2020 But since the whole point of bridal shops is to make things easier on a bride, Matches had to come up with their own way to simplify the process in order to compete. Eliza Huber,, "Say Yes To Matches Fashion’s Wedding Edit," 23 Jan. 2020 One tool to simplify this process was updated on Tuesday. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Trump Pressures Apple to Unlock Florida Attacker’s iPhones," 14 Jan. 2020 Brady tried to simplify the process, sounding more like a professor than a coach. Don Markus,, "Along with the players, Turgeon’s assistant coaches play their role in men’s basketball team’s development," 30 Nov. 2019 To save time and simplify the process, roll the dough out in sheets of plastic wrap before refrigerating., "SUGAR COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING," 21 Nov. 2019 By approving chronic pain as a symptom of many different medical conditions, the doctors hoped to simplify the state’s approval process and lessen dependence on opioids for pain management. Amanda Blanco,, "Patients with chronic pain should be able to use medical marijuana, state board of physicians says," 27 Sep. 2019 The Government Accountability Office suggested ways to simplify the process. Los Angeles Times, "Federal student loan forgiveness program rejects almost everyone, again," 5 Sep. 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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The first known use of simplify was in 1759

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Simplify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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