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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Grannemann said one of the goals is to simplify the process for trying to get home repair help. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 3 May 2022 Atlas Coffee Club also helps simplify the coffee buying process, which many people may also find helpful. Brittany Natale, SELF, 18 Apr. 2022 As the name suggests, the goal of the app is to simplify the process of moving from Android to iPhone. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 Apr. 2022 Many of Etsy’s programs, which the company argues are developed to simplify the buying process, are active impediments say the sellers. Jane Thier, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 Due this summer, the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler uses the same technology as the O.G. Airwrap but comes with new features and attachments meant to simplify the styling process. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 17 Mar. 2022 Take advantage of its food processing, frozen food blending, and dough-mixing functions to simplify your cooking process. Mark Heim |, al, 29 Nov. 2021 And iLenders are using technology to simplify the mortgage application process, giving buyers a leg up in an overheated market. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 That’s why Unbounce believes so passionately in the power of AI to not just simplify multivariate landing page creation, but also identify conversion patterns entrepreneurs and small business owners could never see on their own. Paul Talbot, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Simplify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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