[ in-tri-kit ]
/ ˈɪn trɪ kɪt /


having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved: an intricate maze.
complex; complicated; hard to understand, work, or make: an intricate machine.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for intricate

/ (ˈɪntrɪkɪt) /


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
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