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complicate

com·pli·cate

complicate

 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective
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Word History, Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: kam plih keIt
inflections: complicated, complicates, complicating
definition: to make (a problem, issue, or situation) more difficult or complex.
We were already lost, but getting the wrong directions only complicated the situation.
synonyms:
embroil, entangle, involve, perplex, snarl, tangle
antonyms:
resolve, simplify, unravel
similar words:
confound, confuse, embarrass, jumble, knot, mix, muddle, obfuscate, obscure, ravel
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: kam plih kt
definition 1: involved or intricate.
synonyms:
complex, complicated, elaborate, intricate, involved
similar words:
knotty, tangled
definition 2: in biology, folded lengthwise several times, as an insect wing or a leaf.
Word History
Complicate is from a Latin word that means "to fold or weave together."
Word Parts
The word complicate contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
syn-
 
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).