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complicate

[ verb kom-pli-keyt; adjective kom-pli-kit ]
/ verb 藞k蓲m pl瑟藢ke瑟t; adjective 藞k蓲m pl瑟 k瑟t /
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verb (used with object), com路pli路cat路ed, com路pli路cat路ing.
to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.
adjective
complex; involved.
Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.
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Origin of complicate

1615鈥25; <Latin complic膩tus (past participle of complic膩re to fold together), equivalent to com-com- + -plic- (combining form of *plec膩re to fold, akin to plect墨 to plait; see complex) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM complicate

o路ver路com路pli路cate, verb (used with object), o路ver路com路pli路cat路ed, o路ver路com路pli路cat路ing.pre路com路pli路cate, verb (used with object), pre路com路pli路cat路ed, pre路com路pli路cat路ing.re路com路pli路cate, verb (used with object), re路com路pli路cat路ed, re路com路pli路cat路ing.un路com路pli路cate, verb (used with object), un路com路pli路cat路ed, un路com路pli路cat路ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for complicate

complicate

verb (藞k蓲mpl瑟藢ke瑟t)
to make or become complex
adjective (藞k蓲mpl瑟k瑟t)
biology folded on itselfa complicate leaf
a less common word for complicated

Word Origin for complicate

C17: from Latin complic膩re to fold together, from plic膩re to fold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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