I (clarify) verb clear up, elucidate, explain, make dear, make plain, unfold, untwist II (make easier) verb disentangle, make plain, streamline, uncomplicate, unravel III index clarify, elucidate, enlighten, explain, explicate, exposit, expound, facilitate, interpret

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  • simplify — 1650s, from Fr. simplifier to make simpler (15c.), from M.L. simplificare to simplify, from L. simplex simple (see SIMPLEX (Cf. simplex)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Meaning to make easier to do is from 1759 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Simplify — Sim pli*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Simplified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Simplifying}.] [Cf. F. simplifier, LL. simplificare. See {Simple}, and { fy}.] To make simple; to make less complex; to make clear by giving the explanation for; to show an easier or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • simplify — [v] make easy, intelligible abridge, analyze, boil down, break down, break it down, chasten, clarify, clean it up*, clean up, clear up, cut down, cut the frills*, decipher, disentangle, disinvolve, draw a picture*, elucidate, explain, facilitate …   New thesaurus

  • simplify — ► VERB (simplifies, simplified) ▪ make more simple. DERIVATIVES simplification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • simplify — [sim′plə fī΄] vt. simplified, simplifying [Fr simplifier < ML simplificare: see SIMPLE & FY] to make simpler, less complex, etc.; make easier simplification n. simplifier n …   English World dictionary

  • Simplify — Infobox Album | Name = Simplify Type = studio Artist = Ryan Shupe The RubberBand Released = 1996 Recorded = Ocean Floor Studios Genre = Bluegrass Label = Tydal Wave Capitol Nashville Producer = Ryan Shupe Reviews = Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www …   Wikipedia

  • simplify — verb ADVERB ▪ considerably, greatly, radically, vastly ▪ The whole process has now been greatly simplified. ▪ The model must radically simplify a complex and changing world. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • simplify */ — UK [ˈsɪmplɪfaɪ] / US [ˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms simplify : present tense I/you/we/they simplify he/she/it simplifies present participle simplifying past tense simplified past participle simplified 1) to make something less… …   English dictionary

  • simplify — [[t]sɪ̱mplɪfaɪ[/t]] simplifies, simplifying, simplified VERB If you simplify something, you make it easier to understand or you remove the things which make it complex. [V n] The aim of the scheme is to simplify the complex social security system …   English dictionary

  • simplify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: French simplifier, from Medieval Latin simplificare, from simplus simple Date: 1759 to make simple or simpler: as a. to reduce to basic essentials b. to diminish in scope or complexity ; streamline < was… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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