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complicate

com·pli·cate

complicate

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective
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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
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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."
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