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complicated

[kom-pli-key-tid] /ˈkɒm plɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
composed of elaborately interconnected parts; complex:
complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions.
2.
difficult to analyze, understand, explain, etc.:
a complicated problem.
Origin of complicated
1640-1650
1640-50; complicate + -ed2
Related forms
complicatedly, adverb
complicatedness, noun
uncomplicated, adjective
Synonyms
2. involved, tangled, knotty.

complicate

[v. kom-pli-keyt; adj. kom-pli-kit] /v. ˈkɒm plɪˌkeɪt; adj. ˈkɒm plɪ kɪt/
verb (used with object), complicated, complicating.
1.
to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult:
His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.
adjective
2.
complex; involved.
3.
Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.
Origin
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
Related forms
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.
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  • Where shall we go for a clue to this curious and complicated legend?

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  • He was tying a most complicated knot, and could not look up.

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  • In the complicated details of the final attack the Fourth Infantry acted a worthy part.

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  • The situation was, however, complicated by the proximity of the Afghan frontier.

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  • This seems to be complicated, Neale declared, shaking his head and gazing wonderingly at Agnes.

British Dictionary definitions for complicated

complicated

/ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse
Derived Forms
complicatedly, adverb
complicatedness, noun

complicate

verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪt)
1.
to make or become complex
adjective (ˈkɒmplɪkɪt)
2.
(biology) folded on itself: a complicate leaf
3.
a less common word for complicated
Word Origin
C17: from Latin complicāre to fold together, from plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for complicated
adj.

1640s, "tangled," from past participle adjective from complicate. Figurative meaning "not easy to solve, intricate, confused, difficult to unravel" is from 1650s.

complicate

v.

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.

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