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.

Nearby words

  1. simplicidentate,
  2. simpliciter,
  3. simplicity,
  4. simplicius,
  5. simplification,
  6. simplism,
  7. simplistic,
  8. simplon,
  9. simplon pass,
  10. 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

Related forms
Can be confusedsimple simplified simplistic

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British Dictionary definitions for unsimplified

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 unsimplified

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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