Dictionary.com

intricate

[ in-tri-kit ]
/ ˈɪn trɪ kɪt /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: intricate / intricateness on Thesaurus.com

adjective
having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved: an intricate maze.
complex; complicated; hard to understand, work, or make: an intricate machine.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of intricate

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre to entangle, equivalent to in-in-2 + trīc(ae) perplexities + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM intricate

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use intricate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intricate

intricate
/ (ˈɪntrɪkɪt) /

adjective
difficult to understand; obscure; complex; puzzling
entangled or involvedintricate patterns

Derived forms of intricate

intricacy or intricateness, nounintricately, adverb

Word Origin for intricate

C15: from Latin intrīcāre to entangle, perplex, from in- ² + trīcae trifles, perplexities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK