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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: simplifier, from Medieval Latin simplificare, from Latin simplus; SIMPLE

simplify

verb
     
sim‧pli‧fy past tense and past participle simplified, present participle simplifying, third person singular simplifies [transitive]
to make something easier or less complicated:
an attempt to simplify the tax system
The law needs to be simplified.
a simplified version of the game
simplification noun [uncountable and countable]
These figures are a simplification. The real situation is much more complicated than this.
oversimplify

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