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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: km pleks [or] kam pleks
definition 1: having a complicated structure; not simple.
Her early designs were simple, but now she combines many patterns, making her new designs quite complex.
complicated, sophisticated
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complicate, compound, convoluted, elaborate, inextricable, intricate, involved, manifold, multifaceted, multiplex, tangled
definition 2: difficult to analyze or understand because of being complicated.
His first spy novel was so complex that I found it hard to figure out what was happening when I read it.
complicated, convoluted, difficult, elusive, involved
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complicate, dense, elaborate, impenetrable, inextricable, labyrinthine, sophisticated, tangled, unfathomable
definition 3: having interconnected elements.
They've developed a complex system of communication.A spider's web is complex and beautiful.
complicated, intricate, involved
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interwoven, manifold, multifaceted, multifarious, multiplex, sophisticated, tangled
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adverb + (adj.)complex enormously, exceedingly, extraordinarily, extremely, highly, increasingly, incredibly, infinitely, more
(adj.)complex + noun arrangement, array, calculation, carbohydrate, chain, combination, composition, diagram, dynamics, ecosystem, emotion, flavor, formula, interaction, interplay, interrelationship, issue, mechanism, mix, mixture, molecule, nature, negotiation, network, organism, pattern, phenomenon, problem, process, protein, reality, relationship, scheme, sentence, sequence, set, situation, structure, system, task, transaction, web [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kam pleks
definition 1: a structure or system having several interconnected parts.
The city is building a housing complex on that block.
structure, system
similar words:
combination, conglomerate, ensemble, manifold, network, organization, process
definition 2: a set of desires, memories, and impulses that operate together in a person's unconscious mind and cause certain patterns of feeling, thought, and action.
the Oedipus complex
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delusion, fixation, idée fixe, obsession
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adjective + (n.)complex entire, huge, industrial, massive, military, nuclear, residential, retail, sprawling, underground, vast
verb + (n.)complex build
(n.)complex + verb house, locate
noun + (n.)complex Help apartment, cave, condo, condominium, entertainment, hotel, housing, inferiority, office, pool, prison, resident, shopping, sport, temple
derivation: complexly (adv.)
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The word complex 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 ."