Definition of simplify in English:



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

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