- 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 of intricateClassical Latin intricatus, past participle of intricare, to entangle, perplex, embarrass ; from in-, in + tricae, vexations: see trick
- Having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate: an intricate pattern; an intricate procedure.
- Difficult to understand, analyze, or solve for having many interconnected elements. See Synonyms at complex.
Origin of intricateMiddle English, from Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre, to entangle, perplex : in-, in; see in–2 + trīcae, perplexities, wiles.
(comparative more intricate, superlative most intricate)
From Latin intricatus (past participle of intricare).
(third-person singular simple present intricates, present participle intricating, simple past and past participle intricated)
As the adjective; or by analogy with extricate