from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent


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

[French simplifier, from Old French, from Medieval Latin simplificāre : Latin simplus, simple; see simple + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]


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