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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.
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.]
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