# simplify

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

## Origin of simplify

## Related Words for simplify

facilitate, reduce, clarify, shorten, streamline, chasten, disentangle, abridge, explain, elucidate, decipher, analyze, order, interpret, unscramble## Examples from the Web for simplify

### Contemporary Examples of simplify

“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 of simplify

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 for simplify

## Word Origin and History for 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.