- to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.
- complex; involved.
- Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.
Origin of complicate
Related Words for complicateconvolute, perplex, upset, muddle, involve, impede, obscure, bedevil, confound, clog, interweave, handicap, entangle, elaborate, embroil, snafu, snag, twist, fold, combine
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Contemporary Examples of complicate
But there was money on the line, which tends to complicate things.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
The ambivalence is reflected in U.S. policy, which often has served to complicate aid delivery in conflict zones.Why Humanitarians Talk to ISIS
October 24, 2014
To complicate matters further, the only people who seemed to have any desire to go after Booker were of the conspiracy-theory ilk.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
The attacks on the Khorasan Group also complicate U.S. efforts to partner with the more moderate opposition.Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say
September 24, 2014
Two menacing Fargo-esque figures show up to complicate things.Viral Video of the Day: A Little 'Lebowski' Influence in Kahlua Ad
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of complicate
The fact only served to complicate his uneasiness with a sense of mystery.The Rescue
"That will complicate our search," said Glenarvan, somewhat disconcerted.In Search of the Castaways
There were no women present to complicate their simple morality.Lost Face
To complicate matters, the slaves rose in insurrection in August, 1791.
But this love for Phillida served to complicate his relations with Millard.The Faith Doctor
- to make or become complex
- biology folded on itselfa complicate leaf
- a less common word for complicated
Word Origin for complicate
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.