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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 of complicate
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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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
adj.

1724, from un- (1) "not" + complicated.

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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