- The definition of intricate is complex or having many details.
An example of intricate is a puzzle with 1000 pieces.
- hard to follow or understand because full of puzzling parts, details, or relationships: an intricate problem
- full of elaborate detail: an intricate filigree
Origin: L intricatus, past participle of intricare, to entangle, perplex, embarrass from in-, inch(es) plush tricae, vexations: see trick
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- Having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate. See Synonyms at elaborate.
- Solvable or comprehensible only with painstaking effort. See Synonyms at complex.
Origin: Middle English from Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre, to entangle, perplex : in-, in; see in-2 + trīcae, perplexities, wiles.
- inˈtri·cate·ly adverb
- inˈtri·cate·ness noun