Complicate Definition

complicated, complicates, complicating
complicated, complicates, complicating
To make or become complex or perplexing.
American Heritage
To twist or become twisted together.
American Heritage
To make or become intricate, difficult, or involved.
Webster's New World

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.
Webster's New World
Complex, intricate, and involved.
American Heritage
Folded lengthwise, as some leaves or insects' wings.
Webster's New World

Origin of Complicate

  • From Latin complicatus, past participle of complicare (“to fold together”), from com- (“together”) + plicare (“to fold, weave, knit”); see plaid, and compare complex

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin complicāre complicāt- to fold together com- com- plicāre to fold plek- in Indo-European roots

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

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