Meaning of “simplify” in the English Dictionary

"simplify" in British English

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simplifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsɪm.plɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈsɪm.plə.faɪ/

C1 to make something less complicated and therefore easier to do or understand:

the new simplified tax system
He tried to simplify the story for the younger audience.

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  • They are trying to simplify the regulations.
  • Let's try and simplify the task by cutting out the checking stage.
  • If you try to simplify philosophy too much, you lose its essence.
simplification
noun [ C or U ] uk /ˌsɪm.plɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌsɪm.plə.fəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “simplify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"simplify" in American English

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simplifyverb [ T ]

us /ˈsɪm·pləˌfɑɪ/

to make something less complicated and therefore easier to understand:

We’re looking for ways to simplify the process of applying for US citizenship.
simplification
noun [ C/U ] us /ˌsɪm·plə·fɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

(Definition of “simplify” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)