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[sim-pluh-fahy] /ˈsɪm pləˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), simplified, simplifying.
to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier:
to simplify a problem.
Origin of simplify
1645-55; < French simplifier < Medieval Latin simplificāre to make simple, equivalent to Latin simpli- (combining form of simplus simple) + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
simplification, noun
simplificative, adjective
simplifier, simplificator, noun
nonsimplification, noun
supersimplify, verb (used with object), supersimplified, supersimplifying.
unsimplified, adjective
unsimplifying, adjective
Can be confused
simple, simplified, simplistic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for simplify
  • But he also wants to simplify the tax code for simplicity's sake.
  • Regions are used to simplify complex spaces so that they are easier to consider.
  • They break it into component parts, to simplify and focus their efforts.
  • On level ground, link adjoining basins as pictured above to simplify watering.
  • simplify takes a little time to get started, but once it's up, it fast.
  • Without electricity or modern conveniences, they strive to simplify their lifestyle to be in harmony with the land.
  • Even scientists often forget that they need to simplify, simplify and simplify their theories.
  • The couple had decided to simplify their lives and concentrate on photography and painting.
  • simplify voting machine software to use minimal lines of code.
  • As important, the state should simplify what it provides.
British Dictionary definitions for simplify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to make less complicated, clearer, or easier
(maths) to reduce (an equation, fraction, etc) to a simpler form by cancellation of common factors, regrouping of terms in the same variable, etc
Derived Forms
simplification, noun
simplificative, adjective
simplifier, noun
Word Origin
C17: via French from Medieval Latin simplificāre, from Latin simplus simple + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for simplify

1650s, from French simplifier "to make simpler" (15c.), from Medieval Latin simplificare "to simplify," from Latin simplex "simple" (see simplex) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to make easier to do" is from 1759. Related: Simplified; simplifying.

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