- 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 complicatingconvolute, perplex, upset, muddle, involve, impede, obscure, bedevil, confound, clog, interweave, handicap, entangle, elaborate, embroil, snafu, snag, twist, fold, combine
Examples from the Web for complicating
Contemporary Examples of complicating
Complicating matters, Dick and Lynn raised both their girls to be fierce, opinionated, and unafraid to speak their minds.The Cheneys’ Gay Marriage War
November 18, 2013
Charles Johnson explains how tech, confirmation bias, and media laziness are complicating the issue.A Geek’s Guide to the NSA Scandal: What You May Not Know About Data Collection
June 20, 2013
The lack of a hurricane warning was perceived as a complicating factor by the media.NOAA Examines Sandy Response
May 15, 2013
Complicating things is the fact that Hamas has its very own Prime Minister, the ever-lovable Ismail Haniyeh.Why Palestinians Welcomed Fayyad’s Resignation
April 16, 2013
There's also the complicating fact that Te'o continued to talk about Kekua after he says he learned she was a hoax.Three Theories on Manti Te’o
January 17, 2013
Historical Examples of complicating
But a fresh factor appeared in the problem, complicating it grievously.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
The doctor informed me that the malaria was at most a—a complicating factor.The Trial of Callista Blake
Hell sell it some time, of course, but I dont know how complicating the delay is.The Wayfarers
Mary Stewart Cutting
The good folks have vied with one another in complicating the business.The Dollar Hen
Milo M. Hastings
"You will be quite well off," she repeated, without any complicating particulars.The Research Magnificent
H. G. Wells
- 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.