Complicate definition

kŏmplĭ-kāt
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(biol.) Folded lengthwise, as some leaves or insects' wings.
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To make or become complex or perplexing.
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To twist or become twisted together.
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Complex, intricate, and involved.
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(biology) Folded longitudinally one or several times, as certain leaves or the wings of some insects.
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To make or become intricate, difficult, or involved.
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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.

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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.

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(now rare, poetic) Complex, complicated.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of complicate - confuscate

Origin of complicate

  • 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

  • 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