complicate

[ verb kom-pli-keyt; adjective kom-pli-kit ]
/ verb ˈkɒm plɪˌkeɪt; adjective ˈkɒm plɪ kɪt /

verb (used with object), com·pli·cat·ed, com·pli·cat·ing.

to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.

adjective

complex; involved.
Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.

Nearby words

  1. compliance,
  2. compliance officer,
  3. compliancy,
  4. compliant,
  5. complicacy,
  6. complicated,
  7. complication,
  8. complice,
  9. complicit,
  10. complicity

Origin of complicate

1615–25; < Latin complicātus (past participle of complicāre to fold together), equivalent to com- com- + -plic- (combining form of *plecāre to fold, akin to plectī to plait; see complex) + -ātus -ate1

Related formso·ver·com·pli·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·com·pli·cat·ed, o·ver·com·pli·cat·ing.pre·com·pli·cate, verb (used with object), pre·com·pli·cat·ed, pre·com·pli·cat·ing.re·com·pli·cate, verb (used with object), re·com·pli·cat·ed, re·com·pli·cat·ing.un·com·pli·cate, verb (used with object), un·com·pli·cat·ed, un·com·pli·cat·ing.

complicated

[ kom-pli-key-tid ]
/ ˈkɒm plɪˌkeɪ tɪd /

adjective

composed of elaborately interconnected parts; complex: complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions.
difficult to analyze, understand, explain, etc.: a complicated problem.

Origin of complicated

First recorded in 1640–50; complicate + -ed2

Related formscom·pli·cat·ed·ly, adverbcom·pli·cat·ed·ness, nounun·com·pli·cat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for uncomplicated

uncomplicated

/ (ʌnˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪtɪd) /

adjective

not complicated; simple

complicate

verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪt)

to make or become complex

adjective (ˈkɒmplɪkɪt)

biology folded on itselfa complicate leaf
a less common word for complicated

Word Origin for complicate

C17: from Latin complicāre to fold together, from plicāre to fold

complicated

/ (ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪtɪd) /

adjective

made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse
Derived Formscomplicatedly, adverbcomplicatedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for uncomplicated
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