# 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 simplify

### Contemporary Examples

#### “He got me away from jazz and helped me simplify my craft and began my commercial songwriting thing,” she says.

The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop DivaMarlow Stern

October 20, 2014

#### But Erdoğan is either unaware of that or sought to simplify history.

#### Second Market provides solutions for private companies and investment funds to simplify private capital markets.

#### Big business has been begging for comprehensive tax reform that will simplify their lives.

Mystery Solved: Here’s Why Big Business Keeps Supporting Republicans Even as Republicans Destroy the EconomyDaniel Gross

October 3, 2013

#### To simplify it radically: under federal law, individuals can give up to $2,600 to any candidate in any election cycle.

### Historical Examples

#### Can we not simplify life as we are simplifying the machinery of industry?

The Book of KhalidAmeen Rihani

#### And when the world is ripe for it another will come and simplify that.

The Stark Munro LettersJ. Stark Munro

#### Special fittings are provided to simplify the work of burning.

The Automobile Storage BatteryO. A. Witte

#### Perhaps some may ask what harm it will do, to simplify language, when talking to children.

The TeacherJacob Abbott

#### All I ask is that you should simplify the matter by telling me what occurred at your interview.

The Grell MysteryFrank Froest

# 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 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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