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com·pli·cate

 (kŏm′plĭ-kāt′)
tr. & intr.v. com·pli·cat·ed, com·pli·cat·ing, com·pli·cates
1. To make or become complex or perplexing.
2. To twist or become twisted together.
adj. (-kĭt)
1. Complex, intricate, and involved.
2. Biology Folded longitudinally one or several times, as certain leaves or the wings of some insects.

[Latin complicāre, complicāt-, to fold together : com-, com- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

complicate

vb
to make or become complex
adj
1. (Biology) biology folded on itself: a complicate leaf.
2. a less common word for complicated
[C17: from Latin complicāre to fold together, from plicāre to fold]

com•pli•cate

(v. ˈkɒm plɪˌkeɪt; adj. -kɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
adj. v.t.
1. to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult.
adj.
2. complex; involved.
3. folded longitudinally one or more times, as the wings of certain insects.
[1615–25; < Latin complicātus, past participle of complicāre to fold together =com- com- + plicāre to fold1]

complicate


Past participle: complicated
Gerund: complicating

Imperative
complicate
complicate
Present
I complicate
you complicate
he/she/it complicates
we complicate
you complicate
they complicate
Preterite
I complicated
you complicated
he/she/it complicated
we complicated
you complicated
they complicated
Present Continuous
I am complicating
you are complicating
he/she/it is complicating
we are complicating
you are complicating
they are complicating
Present Perfect
I have complicated
you have complicated
he/she/it has complicated
we have complicated
you have complicated
they have complicated
Past Continuous
I was complicating
you were complicating
he/she/it was complicating
we were complicating
you were complicating
they were complicating
Past Perfect
I had complicated
you had complicated
he/she/it had complicated
we had complicated
you had complicated
they had complicated
Future
I will complicate
you will complicate
he/she/it will complicate
we will complicate
you will complicate
they will complicate
Future Perfect
I will have complicated
you will have complicated
he/she/it will have complicated
we will have complicated
you will have complicated
they will have complicated
Future Continuous
I will be complicating
you will be complicating
he/she/it will be complicating
we will be complicating
you will be complicating
they will be complicating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been complicating
you have been complicating
he/she/it has been complicating
we have been complicating
you have been complicating
they have been complicating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been complicating
you will have been complicating
he/she/it will have been complicating
we will have been complicating
you will have been complicating
they will have been complicating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been complicating
you had been complicating
he/she/it had been complicating
we had been complicating
you had been complicating
they had been complicating
Conditional
I would complicate
you would complicate
he/she/it would complicate
we would complicate
you would complicate
they would complicate
Past Conditional
I would have complicated
you would have complicated
he/she/it would have complicated
we would have complicated
you would have complicated
they would have complicated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.complicate - make more complicated; "There was a new development that complicated the matter"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
complexify - make complex; "he unnecessarily complexified every problem"
embrangle, snarl up, snarl - make more complicated or confused through entanglements
simplify - make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent; "We had to simplify the instructions"; "this move will simplify our lives"
2.complicate - make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
involve - make complex or intricate or complicated; "The situation was rather involved"
develop - elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; "develop the melody and change the key"
sophisticate - make more complex or refined; "a sophisticated design"

complicate

verb make difficult, confuse, muddle, embroil, entangle, make intricate, involve Don't complicate matters by getting the union involved.
explain, clarify, facilitate, spell out, clear up, simplify, disentangle, elucidate

complicate

verb
To make complex, intricate, or perplexing:
Translations
يُعَقِّد
komplikovat
gøre indvikletkomplicere
komplikál
flækja
apsunkinimaskomplikacijakomplikuotineaiškus
komplicētsarežģīt
komplikovať
zaplesti
güçleştirmekzorlaştırmak

complicate

[ˈkɒmplɪkeɪt] VTcomplicar

complicate

[ˈkɒmplɪkeɪt] vtcompliquer
to complicate matters → compliquer les choses

complicate

complicate

[ˈkɒmplɪˌkeɪt] vtcomplicare

complicate

(ˈkomplikeit) verb
to make difficult. His illness will complicate matters.
ˈcomplicated adjective
(negative uncomplicated) difficult to understand. complicated instructions.
ˌcompliˈcation noun
1. something making a situation etc more difficult. Taking the dog with us on holiday will be an added complication.
2. a development (in an illness etc) which makes things worse.

complicate

v. complicar.
References in classic literature ?
Then, to complicate the ruin, she cut it down one third, and confidingly sent the poor little romance, like a picked robin, out into the big, busy world to try its fate.
Mrs Clay's selfishness was not so complicate nor so revolting as his; and Anne would have compounded for the marriage at once, with all its evils, to be clear of Mr Elliot's subtleties in endeavouring to prevent it.
The more outre and grotesque an incident is the more carefully it deserves to be examined, and the very point which appears to complicate a case is, when duly considered and scientifically handled, the one which is most likely to elucidate it.
To complicate the affair, in different parts of the crowd behind the foot-soldiers, two terrorists had bombs explode on their persons.
He is out of the pale of Society, as it is; and Miss Miller has no father and mother to complicate matters, which is distinctly a merit on her part and, in short, if the marriage is not absolutely disgraceful, the wisest way (as we have no power to prevent it) will be to submit.
Just the person to seriously complicate the difficulty with Richard Wardour
Just sit in the corner there, that your footprints may not complicate matters.
She was afraid that her daughter, who had at one time, as she fancied, a feeling for Levin, might, from extreme sense of honor, refuse Vronsky, and that Levin's arrival might generally complicate and delay the affair so near being concluded.