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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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