simplify

[sim-pluh-fahy]
verb (used with object), simplified, simplifying.
to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier: to simplify a problem.

Origin:
1645–55; < French simplifier < Medieval Latin simplificāre to make simple, equivalent to Latin simpli- (combining form of simplus simple) + -ficāre -fy

simplification, noun
simplificative, adjective
simplifier, simplificator, noun
nonsimplification, noun
supersimplify, verb (used with object), supersimplified, supersimplifying.
unsimplified, adjective
unsimplifying, adjective

simple, simplified, simplistic.
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simplify (ˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to make less complicated, clearer, or easier
2.  maths to reduce (an equation, fraction, etc) to a simpler form by cancellation of common factors, regrouping of terms in the same variable, etc
 
[C17: via French from Medieval Latin simplificāre, from Latin simplus simple + facere to make]
 
simplifi'cation
 
n
 
'simplificative
 
adj
 
'simplifier
 
n

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simplify
1653, from Fr. simplifier "to make simpler" (15c.), from M.L. simplificare "to simplify," from L. simplex "simple" (see simplex) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to make easier to do" is from 1759.
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Example sentences
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.
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