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complicated

[kom-pli-key-tid]
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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

First recorded in 1640–50; complicate + -ed2
Related formscom·pli·cat·ed·ly, adverbcom·pli·cat·ed·ness, nounun·com·pli·cat·ed, adjective

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2. involved, tangled, knotty.
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Examples from the Web for complicatedly

Historical Examples

  • This house is built about as complicatedly as a packing-box!

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  • She's one of the most simply complicated and complicatedly simple women that I ever met.

  • I have my suspicions of these simply complicated and complicatedly simple women.


British Dictionary definitions for complicatedly

complicated

adjective
  1. made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse
Derived Formscomplicatedly, adverbcomplicatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for complicatedly

complicated

adj.

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

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