[v. kom-pli-keyt; adj. kom-pli-kit]
verb (used with object), complicated, complicating.
to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.
complex; involved.
Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.

1615–25; < Latin complicātus (past participle of complicāre to fold together), equivalent to com- com- + -plic- (combining form of *plecāre to fold, akin to plectī to plait; see complex) + -ātus -ate1

overcomplicate, verb (used with object), overcomplicated, overcomplicating.
precomplicate, verb (used with object), precomplicated, precomplicating.
recomplicate, verb (used with object), recomplicated, recomplicating.
uncomplicate, verb (used with object), uncomplicated, uncomplicating. Unabridged
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1.  to make or become complex
2.  biology folded on itself: a complicate leaf
3.  a less common word for complicated
[C17: from Latin complicāre to fold together, from plicāre to fold]

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Word Origin & History

1620s, "to intertwine," from L. complicatus, pp. of complicare (see complication). Meaning "to make more complex" is recorded from 1832. Related: Complicating (1691).
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Example sentences
Rufous, brown, and gray morphs in several populations complicate identification.
To further complicate matters, the wool industry is split over the best way to
  handle the situation.
To complicate matters, the biggest dark matter clumps are the best candidates
  to contain satellite galaxies.
But alas culture and learning also play a role and complicate the search for
  explanatory models.
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