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simplify

[ sim-pluh-fahy ]
/ ˈsɪm pləˌfaɪ /
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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.

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facilitate, reduce, clarify, shorten, streamline, chasten, disentangle, abridge, explain, elucidate, decipher, analyze, order, interpret, unscramble

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simplicidentate, simpliciter, simplicity, simplicius, simplification, simplify, simplism, simplistic, simplon, simplon pass, simply

Origin of simplify

1645–55; < French simplifier < Medieval Latin simplificāre to make simple, equivalent to Latin simpli- (combining form of simplus simple) + -ficāre -fy
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Can be confusedsimple simplified simplistic
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British Dictionary definitions for simplify

simplify

/ (ˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ) /

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 simplify

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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