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.
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.