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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.
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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  • The guides' design has been simplified, opened up, and enhanced with easy-to-read tinted sections.
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  • The once-busy back of the house has been opened up and simplified.
  • Guided by this utilitarian principle, he simplified his religion and elaborated his morality.
  • The emotions are presented in an extremely simplified, abstract form.
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British Dictionary definitions for simplified


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 simplified



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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