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simplify

[sim-pluh-fahy] /ˈsɪm pləˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), simplified, simplifying.
1.
to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier:
to simplify a problem.
Origin of simplify
1645-1655
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.
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  • Can we not simplify life as we are simplifying the machinery of industry?

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

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for simplify

simplify

/ˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -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
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 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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