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[ kom-pli-key-tid ]


  1. composed of elaborately interconnected parts; complex:

    complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions.

  2. difficult to analyze, understand, explain, etc.:

    a complicated problem.

    Synonyms: knotty, tangled, involved


/ ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪtɪd /


  1. made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcompliˌcatedness, noun
  • ˈcompliˌcatedly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • compli·cated·ly adverb
  • compli·cated·ness noun
  • un·compli·cated adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of complicated1

First recorded in 1640–50; complicate + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

Containing the virus isn’t complicated, though it is at times unpleasant.

The whole endeavor will be both financially and politically complicated.

This deadly cocktail to me consists of mixing the most complicated thing — that is, the restaurant experience — with something that is hugely defined, which is sports and competition.

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If you want someone else’s behavior to work for your best interests—if you want to extend your phenotype into someone else—it’s often a lot more complicated than just letting them sniff you.

After the curtain calls, Christopher comes back to explain a complicated math problem.

An examination of the complicated history of America and its movies in the Republic of Korea.

Of course, the issue of authenticity in hip-hop is already a complicated minefield for up and coming artists.

Making this scenario more complicated is the rivalry between al Qaeda and ISIS.

But the history of the church, which emerged in the late '60s, is far more complicated—and fascinating.

Aristide replaced the baby, and with a complicated arrangement of string fastened it securely to the seat.

He dwelt upon this contrivance, until it seemed too complicated for success.

And it might be a year or two before a superintendent could be found capable in every way of managing so complicated a ranch.

But, difficult as his task was, the situation became much more complicated by the sudden return of Bonaparte from Egypt.

The fact that I have known you for some time makes things far easier, far less—complicated.