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

The moves will simplify the rules for midsize banks and ease the compliance burden on big banks, giving them the ability to police themselves. Matt Egan, CNN, "Sheila Bair: Now is the worst time to unshackle America's banks," 12 Sep. 2019 Smart simplified that analysis by more fully rounding out his game. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 The decision simplified the test for when a worker should be considered an employee. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Uber defiant as gig workers on verge of becoming employees under AB 5," 10 Sep. 2019 Sophocles’ intricate plotting, which beautifully integrates internal movement with dramatic escalation, is simplified in a way that drains the play of its profundity of meaning. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At the Getty Villa, Sophocles gets wounded in Aaron Posner’s revamp of ‘Philoctetes’," 6 Sep. 2019 Faced with such overwhelming complexity, scientists must simplify, just not too much (as Einstein is alleged to have said). Quanta Magazine, "Soil’s Microbial Market Shows the Ruthless Side of Forests," 27 Aug. 2019 The character’s lack of intellectual substance parallels the movie’s simplified, straightened-out narrative. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” Reviewed: Richard Linklater’s Narrow View of a Creator in Crisis," 26 Aug. 2019 The changes, first mooted in May 2018, simplify the legal definitions of what constitutes proprietary trading, where banks use their own money to invest. The Economist, "Business this week," 22 Aug. 2019 Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine simplified the question. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine," 20 Aug. 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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