Definition of simplify in English:



  • Make (something) simpler or easier to do or understand.

    ‘an overhaul of court procedure to simplify litigation’
    • ‘Another area is simplifying application and import procedures.’
    • ‘The two groups are working in partnership to simplify existing rules and information processes.’
    • ‘Banks have also given existing flat sales a boost by simplifying lending procedures for older properties.’
    • ‘Yet another speech about simplifying tax would have left journalists yawning.’
    • ‘There are also plans being drawn up to simplify the language and workings of courts to make them clearer.’
    • ‘Again, what we're talking about is streamlining and simplifying regulation.’
    • ‘Such a narrow view of the process of seeking information simplifies the conduct of research.’
    • ‘I know that you're really two people, but for the sake of simplifying my writing, I'm making you one.’
    • ‘In addition, instead of simplifying the tax system, it's being made more sophisticated.’
    • ‘Or how about editing and simplifying the entire physical universe?’
    • ‘Huge steps were made in simplifying information access, mapping, and transformation.’
    • ‘This should substantially simplify the procedure and save costs and court fees.’
    • ‘Either the man knows nothing of intelligence considerations or is brutally simplifying things in order to make a partisan point.’
    • ‘Even as recently as last year, they were voting against simplifying the complex appeals system, and in fact tried to lengthen the process.’
    • ‘It is important that government puts resources into simplifying the law and translates it into local languages.’
    • ‘Actually, I'm simplifying the program horrendously there was a lot more stuff I probably didn't pick up.’
    • ‘As you can see, simplifying the tax code is something we can all get behind.’
    • ‘It's about simplifying reality, taking out the essential elements and reproducing them.’
    • ‘Was he trying to write in her style or is it a holdover or are they just simplifying things for us?’
    • ‘It codified the uncodifiable by simplifying it and using it for a single purpose.’
    make simple, make simpler, make easier to do, make easier to understand, make easy to do, make easy to understand, make plainer, clarify, make more comprehensible, make more intelligible, remove the complexities from, disentangle, untangle, unravel
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Mid 17th century: from French simplifier, from medieval Latin simplificare, from Latin simplus (see simple).