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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
1615-1625
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.

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
1640-50; complicate + -ed2
Related forms
complicatedly, adverb
complicatedness, noun
uncomplicated, adjective
Synonyms
2. involved, tangled, knotty.
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Examples for uncomplicated
  • Until this moment my conception of arch shape had been uncomplicated: a single sideways parenthesis, more or less.
  • Most patients with uncomplicated measles will recover with rest and supportive treatment.
  • We all yearn for desserts that are magical yet uncomplicated-two qualities that, more often than not, are mutually exclusive.
  • The kitchen remains remarkably small and uncomplicated.
  • Metal-free joints lend an uncomplicated, casual feel.
  • It's a fairly uncomplicated process-the only real difficulty being in spooning the batter into the pan without mixing the colors.
  • It's the notion of simplicity: basic things are sound and uncomplicated, and often make you feel better to indulge in them.
  • Verbs are for doing things, things that are then announced in uncomplicated declarations.
  • The disdain for dark-skinned foreigners, in contrast, was and remains relatively uncomplicated.
  • But there is one quite cheap and uncomplicated way to increase study time: add more homework.
British Dictionary definitions for uncomplicated

uncomplicated

/ʌnˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
not complicated; simple

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

complicated

/ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse
Derived Forms
complicatedly, adverb
complicatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncomplicated
complicated
1640s, "tangled," from pp. adj. of complicate. Fig. meaning "not easy to solve, intricate, confused, difficult to unravel" is from 1650s.
complicate
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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