# 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 simplified

### Contemporary Examples

#### At its most simplified, the revision allows big players more access to insured deposits while making certain types of bets.

#### But really it told a rich history, recast and simplified into a series of icons and absurdities.

#### The Pope could explain how he simplified his title structure.

#### As Barnard noted, “it is still sexist to send a simplified and generalized image of masculinity.”

#### The complexity is inherent; it's hard to see how it could be simplified further.

Applying for Obamacare Subsidies Will Be as Complicated as Doing Your TaxesMegan McArdle

March 14, 2013

### Historical Examples

#### Steinheil, of Munich, simplified it, and added an alarm in the form of a bell.

Heroes of the TelegraphJ. Munro

#### But I had had a suggestion from my mother which simplified matters immensely.

The Stark Munro LettersJ. Stark Munro

#### In their consternation the Spaniards had simplified his task by huddling their boats together.

Captain BloodRafael Sabatini

#### She was simplified to the merely feminine as he was to the merely masculine.

The Web of the Golden SpiderFrederick Orin Bartlett

#### The thorough bass of the dear master has simplified all that.

Diderot and the EncyclopdistsJohn Morley

# 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 simplified

# 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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