To explain or present something in a way that excludes important information for the sake of brevity, or of making the explanation or presentation easy to understand.

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  • oversimplify — v. t. to simplify excessively so as to distort or misrepresent; of facts, assertions, or communications; as, Don t oversimplify the rules. Syn: make too simple. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oversimplify — ► VERB (oversimplifies, oversimplified) ▪ simplify (something) so much that a distorted impression of it is given. DERIVATIVES oversimplification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • oversimplify — [ō΄vər sim′plə fī΄] vt., vi. oversimplified, oversimplifying to simplify to the point of distortion, as by ignoring essential details oversimplification n …   English World dictionary

  • oversimplify — o|ver|sim|pli|fy [ˌəuvəˈsımplıfaı US ˌouvər ] v past tense and past participle oversimplified present participle oversimplifying third person singular oversimplifies [I and T] to describe something in a way that is too simple and ignores many… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oversimplify — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)sɪ̱mplɪfaɪ[/t]] oversimplifies, oversimplifying, oversimplified VERB If you say that someone is oversimplifying something, you mean that they are describing or explaining it so simply that what they say is no longer true or reasonable …   English dictionary

  • oversimplify — Date: 1923 transitive verb to simplify to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, or error intransitive verb to engage in undue or extreme simplification • oversimplification noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oversimplify — oversimplification, n. /oh veuhr sim pleuh fuy /, v.t., v.i., oversimplified, oversimplifying. to simplify to the point of error, distortion, or misrepresentation. [1920 25; OVER + SIMPLIFY] * * * …   Universalium

  • oversimplify — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. reduce, over reduce, reduce to an absurdity, make too simple, make too simplistic, restrict; see also simplify …   English dictionary for students

  • oversimplify — o|ver|sim|pli|fy [ ,ouvər sımplı,faı ] noun intransitive or transitive to explain or consider something in a way that makes it seem more simple than it really is: Your assessment grossly oversimplifies the problem of the current situation. ╾… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • oversimplify — v. simplify excessively, simplify too much …   English contemporary dictionary

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