Excessive secrecy and the countervailing need to share information only exacerbate and complicate the situation.
Has the [Petraeus] scandal come to complicate what your client is trying to argue in court?
And to graft a fourth priority—job-creating—on those priorities is to complicate matters further.
The ambivalence is reflected in U.S. policy, which often has served to complicate aid delivery in conflict zones.
The attacks on the Khorasan Group also complicate U.S. efforts to partner with the more moderate opposition.
To complicate matters, the slaves rose in insurrection in August, 1791.
The fact only served to complicate his uneasiness with a sense of mystery.
To follow a method of education inspired by any other principle, is to complicate life, deform it, sow the seeds of all disorders.
"That will complicate our search," said Glenarvan, somewhat disconcerted.
At such times, however, unforeseen events invariably intruded to complicate her feelings and alter her plans.
1620s, "to intertwine" (as a past participle adjective, early 15c.), from Latin complicatus "folded together; confused, intricate," past participle of complicare (see complication). Meaning "to make more complex" is recorded from 1832, from earlier sense "to combine in a complex way" (17c.). Related: Complicated; complicating.