Definition of simplify in English:

simplify

Line breaks: sim|plify
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪmplɪfʌɪ
 
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verb (simplifies, simplifying, simplified)

[with object]
Make (something) simpler or easier to do or understand: an overhaul of court procedure to simplify litigation
More example sentences
  • The two groups are working in partnership to simplify existing rules and information processes.
  • Huge steps were made in simplifying information access, mapping, and transformation.
  • Such a narrow view of the process of seeking information simplifies the conduct of research.
Synonyms
make simple/simpler, make easy/easier to understand/do, make plainer, clarify, make more comprehensible, make more intelligible, remove the complexities from, disentangle, untangle, unravel; paraphrase, put in words of one syllable, make more accessible, popularize; streamline, reduce to essentials, rationalize
North American informal dumb down

Origin

mid 17th century: from French simplifier, from medieval Latin simplificare, from Latin simplus (see simple).

Derivatives

simplification

noun
More example sentences
  • Certainly, there have been distortions and simplifications in British reporting on GM, just as there has been much careful, conscientious journalism.
  • The article goes into depth on each section of the pyramid, describing simplifications and fallacies.
  • This research demonstrates how wrong our simplifications can be.

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