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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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