- composed of elaborately interconnected parts; complex: complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions.
- difficult to analyze, understand, explain, etc.: a complicated problem.
Origin of complicated
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- 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 Wordstroublesome, perplexing, problematic, hard, arduous, fancy, sophisticated, convoluted, intricate, knotty, difficult, puzzling, involved, elaborate, mixed, abstruse, labyrinthine, recondite, various, byzantine
Examples from the Web for complicated
After the curtain calls, Christopher comes back to explain a complicated math problem.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014
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An examination of the complicated history of America and its movies in the Republic of Korea.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Of course, the issue of authenticity in hip-hop is already a complicated minefield for up and coming artists.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
For black women and their hair, sometimes things can get complicated.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
Hitchcock loved to tell stories, elaborate, complicated rough drafts for movies he would never make.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He was tying a most complicated knot, and could not look up.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The situation was, however, complicated by the proximity of the Afghan frontier.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Again Margaret hesitated; the thing seemed too complicated and full of danger.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
He understands the financial situation, which is rather a complicated one.
What a complicated world this would be if we could all wear masks!
- made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse
- to make or become complex
- biology folded on itselfa complicate leaf
- a less common word for complicated
Word Origin and History for complicated
1640s, "tangled," from past participle adjective from complicate. Figurative meaning "not easy to solve, intricate, confused, difficult to unravel" is from 1650s.
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.