Complex meaning

kəm-plĕks, kŏmplĕks
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Difficult to understand for being intricate or involved; complicated.
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In psychoanalysis, a group of related, often repressed ideas and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of thought, feelings, and behavior.
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Difficult to understand for being intricate or involved; complicated.

A complex problem.

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An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear.

A complex about one's weight.

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An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear.
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(medicine) The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs of a disease or disorder that forms a syndrome.
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(medicine) The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs of a disease or disorder that forms a syndrome.
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A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts.

A complex of cities and suburbs; the military-industrial complex.

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Not simple; involved or complicated.
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A group of interrelated ideas, activities, etc. that form, or are viewed as forming, a single whole.
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An assemblage of units, as buildings or roadways, that together form a single, comprehensive group.
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In psychology, a group of related, often repressed ideas and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of thought, feelings, and behavior. No longer in scientific use.
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A building or group of buildings used for a single purpose.

A sports complex.

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Consisting of two or more related parts.
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The definition of complex is complicated or made up of many parts.

An example of complex is a math problem requiring many steps to solve.

An example of complex is the design of a spider web.

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A complex is defined as a group of related buildings or housing units.

An example of complex is a series of apartment buildings.

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Made up of multiple parts; composite; not simple.

A complex being; a complex idea.

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(mathematics) Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is a square root of −1.

Complex function.

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(geometry) A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.
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A problem.
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A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.
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Assemblage of related things; collection.
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A psychological dislike or fear of a particular thing.

Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.

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A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.
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(chemistry) A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.
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(chemistry, intransitive) To form a complex with another substance.
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Origin of complex

  • Latin complexus past participle of complectī to entwine complect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French complexe, from Latin complexus, past participle of complectī (“to entwine, encircle, compass, infold”), from com- (“together”) and plectere (“to weave, braid”). See complect.

    From Wiktionary