Definition of simplify in English:



[with object]
  • Make (something) simpler or easier to do or understand.

    ‘an overhaul of court procedure to simplify litigation’
    • ‘It's about simplifying reality, taking out the essential elements and reproducing them.’
    • ‘Actually, I'm simplifying the program horrendously there was a lot more stuff I probably didn't pick up.’
    • ‘Huge steps were made in simplifying information access, mapping, and transformation.’
    • ‘The two groups are working in partnership to simplify existing rules and information processes.’
    • ‘There are also plans being drawn up to simplify the language and workings of courts to make them clearer.’
    • ‘Or how about editing and simplifying the entire physical universe?’
    • ‘In addition, instead of simplifying the tax system, it's being made more sophisticated.’
    • ‘It is important that government puts resources into simplifying the law and translates it into local languages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Either the man knows nothing of intelligence considerations or is brutally simplifying things in order to make a partisan point.’
    • ‘I know that you're really two people, but for the sake of simplifying my writing, I'm making you one.’
    • ‘This should substantially simplify the procedure and save costs and court fees.’
    • ‘Banks have also given existing flat sales a boost by simplifying lending procedures for older properties.’
    • ‘As you can see, simplifying the tax code is something we can all get behind.’
    • ‘Again, what we're talking about is streamlining and simplifying regulation.’
    • ‘It codified the uncodifiable by simplifying it and using it for a single purpose.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).