# simplify

[sim-pluh-fahy]

- to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier: to simplify a problem.

## Origin of simplify^{}

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## Examples from the Web for simplification

### Contemporary Examples

#### To say that the Black Death ended and the Renaissance began is not only a simplification, but incorrect.

Fact-Checking Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’: 10 Mistakes, False Statements, and OversimplificationsNoah Charney

May 20, 2013

#### Mitt Romney, meanwhile, thinks that simplification is the answer.

GOP Debate Live UpdatesOctober 18, 2011

### Historical Examples

#### What was saved by the simplification of the accounts remained as a pure gain.

FreelandTheodor Hertzka

#### Generalisation is only an instinctive process of simplification.

Introduction to the Study of HistoryCharles V. Langlois

#### This was based upon a simplification of Newtons seven primaries.

John Baptist JacksonJacob Kainen

#### Mostly, he thought, it was the simplification that had come about.

Ten From InfinityPaul W. Fairman

#### Any dramatic statement of these laws is a simplification as is a diagram or map.

Here and Now Story BookLucy Sprague Mitchell

# simplify

- 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

## 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 simplification

### n.

1680s, from Middle French simplification "act or process of simplifying," from simplifier (see simplify).

# simplify

### v.

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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