(third-person singular simple present dumbs down, present participle dumbing down, simple past and past participle dumbed down)
- (idiomatic) 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.
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To become simpler in expression or content; to become unacceptably simplistic.
- Television has really dumbed down over the past ten years.