Synonyms for *simplify*

- clarify
- cut down
- facilitate
- reduce
- shorten
- streamline
- abridge
- analyze
- chasten
- decipher
- disentangle
- disinvolve
- elucidate
- explain
- interpret
- order
- unscramble
- boil down
- break down
- break it down
- clean it up
- clean up
- clear up
- cut the frills
- draw a picture
- get down to basics
- get to the meat
- hit the high spots
- lay out
- let daylight in
- let sunlight in
- make clear
- make perfectly clear
- make plain
- put in a nutshell
- put one straight
- spell out

Antonyms for *simplify*

## EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SIMPLIFY

Can we not simplify life as we are simplifying the machinery of industry?

And when the world is ripe for it another will come and simplify that.

Special fittings are provided to simplify the work of burning.

Perhaps some may ask what harm it will do, to simplify language, when talking to children.

All I ask is that you should simplify the matter by telling me what occurred at your interview.

I would then at once simplify my life and that of those whom I can directly reach.

That will simplify the whole matter, and trouble will cease.

Then, too, it will simplify matters when you get to your lodgings.

The hand of time had played over her freely, but only to simplify.

It would also simplify the bookkeeping of the commercial house.

## WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from French simplifier "to make simpler" (15c.), from Medieval Latin simplificare "to simplify," from Latin simplex "simple" (see simplex) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to make easier to do" is from 1759. Related: Simplified; simplifying.