complicate

  • 1 Complicate — Com pli*cate, a. [L. complicatus, p. p. of complicare to fold together. See {Complex}.] 1. Composed of two or more parts united; complex; complicated; involved. [1913 Webster] How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, How complicate, how… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Complicate — Com pli*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Complicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Complicating}.] To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult. [1913 Webster] Nor can his… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 complicate — I verb aggravate, bedevil, befoul, confound, confuse, dislocate, disorganize, embroil, encumber, entangle, exacerbate, implicate, intensify, involve, jumble, knot, make intricate, make worse, mix up, muddle, obfuscate, obscure, perplex, perturb,… …

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  • 4 complicate — (v.) 1620s, to intertwine (earlier as a pp. adjective, early 15c.), from L. complicatus folded together; confused, intricate, pp. of complicare (see COMPLICATION (Cf. complication)). Meaning to make more complex is recorded from 1832, from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 complicate — [v] confuse, make difficult add fuel to fire*, bedevil, clog, combine, confound, convolute, derange, disarrange, disorder, elaborate, embroil, entangle, fold, foul up*, handicap, impede, infold, interfuse, interrelate, interweave, involve, jumble …

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  • 6 complicate — ► VERB 1) make more intricate or confusing. 2) Medicine introduce complications in (an existing condition). ORIGIN Latin complicare fold together …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 complicate — [käm′pli kāt΄; ] for adj [., käm′plikit, käm′plikāt΄] vt., vi. complicated, complicating [< L complicatus, pp. of complicare, to fold together < com , together + plicare, to fold, weave: see FLAX] to make or become intricate, difficult, or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 complicate — [[t]kɒ̱mplɪkeɪt[/t]] complicates, complicating, complicated VERB To complicate something means to make it more difficult to understand or deal with. [V n] What complicates the issue is the burden of history... [V n] The day s events, he said,… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 complicate */*/ — UK [ˈkɒmplɪkeɪt] / US [ˈkɑmplɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms complicate : present tense I/you/we/they complicate he/she/it complicates present participle complicating past tense complicated past participle complicated 1) to make something… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 complicate — 1. verb a) To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult. Dont complicate yourself in issues that are beyond the scope of your education. b) to expose involvement… …

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  • 11 complicate — verb ADVERB ▪ enormously, greatly, seriously, significantly ▪ These events will greatly complicate the situation. ▪ further PHRASES …

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  • 12 complicate — verb (T) 1 to make a problem or situation more difficult: The situation is complicated by the fact that I ve got to work late on Friday. | to complicate matters/things: Just to complicate things, the car has broken down! 2 (usually passive) to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 complicate — verb (t) /ˈkɒmpləkeɪt / (say kompluhkayt) (complicated, complicating) 1. to make complex, intricate, or involved: *To complicate matters though, the old vineyards are fairly mixed so that the Cabernet vineyards have quite a proportion of Malbec… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 complicate — 01. The system is so [complicated] that no one is able to use it properly. 02. Doctors informed us that my grandmother died of [complications] after undergoing open heart surgery. 03. The political situation in Quebec is quite [complicated] and… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 complicate — com|pli|cate [ˈkɔmplıkeıt US ˈka:m ] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of complicare, from com ( COM ) + plicare to fold ] 1.) to make a problem or situation more difficult ▪ The situation is complicated by the fact that… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 complicate — com|pli|cate [ kamplı,keıt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to make something more difficult to deal with or understand: Let s not complicate matters by introducing any more restrictions. 2. ) to make a medical condition more dangerous or difficult to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 complicate — verb involvement with Adam could only complicate her life Syn: make (more) difficult, make complicated, mix up, confuse, muddle; informal mess up, screw up, snarl up Ant: simplify …

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  • 18 complicate — I. adjective Etymology: Latin complicatus, past participle of complicare to fold together, from com + plicare to fold more at ply Date: 1638 1. complex, intricate 2. conduplicate II. transitive verb ( …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 complicate — adj. [L. cum, with; plicare, to fold] Folded longitudinally; folded together or in an irregular manner …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 20 complicate — v. /kom pli kayt /; adj. /kom pli kit/, v., complicated, complicating, adj. v.t. 1. to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction. adj. 2. complex; involved. 3. Entomol …

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