To express in the most concise manner. In mathematics, to reduce to the lowest terms. This is most common with fractions.

The simplified fraction 5/100 would be 1/20.

Sim"pli*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Simplified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Simplifying (?).] [Cf. F. simplifier, LL. simplificare. See Simple, and -fy.]

To make simple; to make less complex; to make clear by giving the explanation for; to show an easier or shorter process for doing or making.

The collection of duties is drawn to a point, and so far simplified. A. Hamilton.

It is important, in scientific pursuits, to be caitious in simplifying our deductions. W. Nicholson.


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