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complicate

[verb kom-pli-keyt; adjective kom-pli-kit]
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verb (used with object), com·pli·cat·ed, com·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.
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adjective
  1. complex; involved.
  2. Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.
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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]
adjective
  1. composed of elaborately interconnected parts; complex: complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions.
  2. difficult to analyze, understand, explain, etc.: a complicated problem.
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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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Related Words

simpleobviousstraightforwardeffortlesspainlessapparentbasiccinchclearelementaryevidentmanageablesnapuninvolved

Examples from the Web for uncomplicated

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Historical Examples

  • To his uncomplicated nature the affair was still one of tit for tat.

    Fraternity

    John Galsworthy

  • As uncomplicated injuries, these wounds were little to be feared.

  • Alix's nature was uncomplicated by any consciousness of self.

    Sisters

    Kathleen Norris

  • And your man of achievement is pretty apt to be an uncomplicated human.

    Amazing Grace

    Kate Trimble Sharber

  • Lee wasn't materially, patiently, sensual in that uncomplicated manner.

    Cytherea

    Joseph Hergesheimer


British Dictionary definitions for uncomplicated

uncomplicated

adjective
  1. not complicated; simple
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complicate

verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪt)
  1. to make or become complex
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adjective (ˈkɒmplɪkɪt)
  1. biology folded on itselfa complicate leaf
  2. a less common word for complicated
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Word Origin

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

complicated

adjective
  1. made up of intricate parts or aspects that are difficult to understand or analyse
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Derived Formscomplicatedly, adverbcomplicatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncomplicated

adj.

1724, from un- (1) "not" + complicated.

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complicated

adj.

1640s, "tangled," from past participle adjective from complicate. Figurative meaning "not easy to solve, intricate, confused, difficult to unravel" is from 1650s.

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complicate

v.

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.

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