verb (used with object), com·pli·cat·ed, com·pli·cat·ing.
- compliance officer,
Origin of complicate
Examples from the Web for complicate
But there was money on the line, which tends to complicate things.
The ambivalence is reflected in U.S. policy, which often has served to complicate aid delivery in conflict zones.
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|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eli Lake|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two menacing Fargo-esque figures show up to complicate things.Viral Video of the Day: A Little 'Lebowski' Influence in Kahlua Ad|Alex Chancey|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These, in proportion as a citizen duly performs them, complicate his movements considerably.The Data of Ethics|Herbert Spencer
In this case there were no children to complicate settlement.
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
But he was afraid to complicate matters, to arouse suspicion.Dust of New York|Konrad Bercovici
It is the state wherein we know our wholeness and the complicate, manifold nature of our being.Fantasia of the Unconscious|D. H. Lawrence
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.