verb (used with object), sim·pli·fied, sim·pli·fy·ing.

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

Origin of simplify

1645–55; < French simplifier < Medieval Latin simplificāre to make simple, equivalent to Latin simpli- (combining form of simplus simple) + -ficāre -fy
Related formssim·pli·fi·ca·tion, nounsim·pli·fi·ca·tive, adjectivesim·pli·fi·er, sim·pli·fi·ca·tor, nounnon·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion, nounsu·per·sim·pli·fy, verb (used with object), su·per·sim·pli·fied, su·per·sim·pli·fy·ing.un·sim·pli·fied, adjectiveun·sim·pli·fy·ing, adjective
Can be confusedsimple simplified simplistic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for simplification

Contemporary Examples of simplification

Historical Examples of simplification

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


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Generalisation is only an instinctive process of simplification.

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

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

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

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

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for simplification


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

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
Derived Formssimplification, nounsimplificative, adjectivesimplifier, noun

Word Origin for simplify

C17: via French from Medieval Latin simplificāre, from Latin simplus simple + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for simplification

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



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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