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1. Having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate: an intricate pattern; an intricate procedure.
2. Difficult to understand, analyze, or solve for having many interconnected elements. See Synonyms at complex.

[Middle English, from Latin intrīcātus, past participle of intrīcāre, to entangle, perplex : in-, in; see in-2 + trīcae, perplexities, wiles.]

in′tri·cate·ly adv.
in′tri·cate·ness n.
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Adv.1.intricately - with elaboration; "it was elaborately spelled out"
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[ˈɪntrɪkɪtlɪ] ADVintrincadamente, de modo intrincado


advkompliziert; these issues are intricately connecteddiese Fragen sind auf komplizierte Weise miteinander verknüpft


[ˈɪntrɪkɪtlɪ] adv (see adj) → in modo intricato, in modo complesso


(ˈintrikət) adjective
complicated. an intricate knitting pattern; intricate details.
ˈintricately adverb
ˈintricacyplural ˈintricacies noun
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