dumb down

Meaning(s)

1. make something simpler and easier for people to understand

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dumb down a speech so that the audience can better understand it

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The expression to 'dumb something down' means to simplify something or explain something in a way that is easier to understand or more accessible to others. The word 'dumb' however has a very negative connotation and is usually used as an insult. The impression here is that you are simplifying something or explaining something so that even someone who is not very intelligent can understand.

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  1. Some people think that television has been dumbed down a lot in order to increase viewing figures.
  2. If you still can't understand I'm going to dumb it down for you. I am not interested in going on a date with you.

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  1. The company have adopted a dumbed-down approach to training new recruits in order to get them up to speed quicker. 
  2. Your presentation is far too technical. I think it needs dumbing down so that people who don't work in the financial sector can better understand what you're trying to say.
  3. The teacher decided that it would be best to dumb down the course material a little after many of his students failed their exam.

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