intransitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
Origin of complicatefrom Classical Latin complicatus, past participle of complicare, to fold together from com-, together + plicare, to fold, weave: see flax
- Archaic complicated
- Biol. folded lengthwise, as some leaves or insects' wings
tr. & intr.v.com·pli·cat·ed, com·pli·cat·ing, com·pli·cates
- To make or become complex or perplexing.
- To twist or become twisted together.
- Complex, intricate, and involved.
- Biology Folded longitudinally one or several times, as certain leaves or the wings of some insects.
Origin of complicateLatin complicāre complicāt- to fold together com- com- plicāre to fold ; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present complicates, present participle complicating, simple past and past participle complicated)
- To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult.
- Don't complicate yourself in issues that are beyond the scope of your education.
- to expose involvement in a convoluted matter.
- John has been complicated in the affair by new tapes that surfaced.
- The DA has made every effort to complicate me in the scandal.
(comparative more complicate, superlative most complicate)
- (now rare, poetic) Complex, complicated.