Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make simple or simpler, as:
  • transitive v. To reduce in complexity or extent.
  • transitive v. To reduce to fundamental parts.
  • transitive v. To make easier to understand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make simpler, either by reducing in complexity, reducing to component parts, or making easier to understand.
  • v. To become simpler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make simple; to make less complex; to make clear by giving the explanation for; to show an easier or shorter process for doing or making.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make simple; reduce from complexity to simplicity; also, to make easy of use, execution, performance, or comprehension.
  • To produce or effect simplicity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent

Etymologies

French simplifier, from Old French, from Medieval Latin simplificāre : Latin simplus, simple; see simple + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The word 'simplify,' the word 'sanctuary,' the word 'relax.'

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  • I like that, this is what I call simplify the model if it start to get too complex.

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  • A man can, in short, simplify the problem somewhat by a process of reasoning based on memory.

    The Human Brain

  • You said it's okay to "simplify" -- which in the context of the discussion was about politicians lying.

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  • One way to simplify is to stop legislating without constitutional jurisdiction.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Should Laws Be Simple or Complicated? A Dialogue:

  • Questions concerning ceteris paribus clauses are closely related to questions concerning simplifications and idealizations, since one way to simplify is to suppose that the various disturbing causes or interferences are inactive and to explore the consequences of some small number of causal factors.

    Philosophy of Economics

  • The easiest way to simplify is to start cutting back on your energy use right now, since using less means you'll be responsible for providing less (and trust us: come the rainy season, you and your solar panels will be grateful for that).

    TreeHugger

  • But I did hear the president talk about some things that we can do to create jobs in this country such as simplify the tax code, lower the corporate rate so we can get people back to work, work on these trade deals so we can create more jobs at home.

    GOPers softening tone in wake of SOTU?

  • To "simplify" Nature's ghost might be to "know the mind of God."

    Poem of the week: What mystery pervades a well! by Emily Dickinson

  • David Ellison, manager of FBR Large Cap Financial Fund, which held 175,000 Citigroup shares as of its latest report, said the government shadow could help motivate management to "simplify" its balance sheet.

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