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Definition of simplify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

simplify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they simplify
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it simplifies
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪz//
 
past simple simplified
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪd//
 
past participle simplified
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form simplifying
BrE BrE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmplɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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simplify something to make something easier to do or understand The application forms have now been simplified. I hope his appointment will simplify matters. a simplified version of the story for young children Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French simplifier, from medieval Latin simplificare, from Latin simplus.Extra examples The changes are designed to simplify grant applications. The whole process has now been greatly simplified. This analysis is overly simplified. This is a highly simplified view of the economy.
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