# simplify

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

## Origin of simplify

## Related Words for simplified

abstract, streamlined, stylized, clear, reduced, interpreted, abridged, conventionalized, uncomplicated## Examples from the Web for simplified

### Contemporary Examples of simplified

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 of simplified

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 for simplify

## Word Origin and History for simplified

## 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.