dumb down

dumb down

  1. (idiomatic, transitive) To convey some subject matter in simple terms, avoiding technical or academic language, especially in a way that is considered condescending.
    The public won't understand this concept. We need to dumb down our explanation of it.
  2. (idiomatic, intransitive) To become simpler in expression or content; to become unacceptably simplistic.
    Television has really dumbed down over the past ten years.
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