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I want to say:

To be a good teacher, one needs to X some concepts.

In place of X, I can only think of "attenuate", which means to lessen the severeness of a disease. But I want to say 'to make a complex concept simpler'. Is there a verb for my purpose?

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The verb simplify, derived from the adjective 'simple' works here:

to make simple or simpler: such as
...
b : to diminish in scope or complexity : streamline
// was urged to simplify management procedures

(source: Merriam-Webster)

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