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

verb (used with object), complicated, complicating.
to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult:
His recovery from the operation was complicated by an allergic reaction.
complex; involved.
Entomology. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.
verb (ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪt)
to make or become complex
adjective (ˈkɒmplɪkɪt)
(biology) folded on itself: a complicate leaf
a less common word for complicated

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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