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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: kam plih keIt
inflections: complicates, complicating, complicated
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.
embroil, entangle, involve, perplex, snarl, tangle
resolve, simplify, unravel
similar words:
confound, confuse, embarrass, jumble, knot, mix, muddle, obfuscate, obscure, ravel
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adverb + (v.)complicate considerably, enormously, far, greatly, severely, somewhat, thereby, tremendously, undoubtedly, unduly, unnecessarily, vastly
(v.)complicate + adverb already, enough
(v.)complicate + nounHelp adjustment, analysis, attempt, calculation, comparison, debate, diagnosis, difficulty, diplomacy, discourse, dispute, effort, equation, fact, identification, infection, interaction, interpretation, involvement, issue, matter, measurement, negotiation, notion, outlook, picture, plaintiff, planning, plot, pneumonia, pregnancy, presence, problem, process, prosecution, prospect, puzzle, quest, recovery, relation, relationship, rescue, scenario, search, selection, situation, task, tension, terrain, therapy, tie, transition, trauma, uncertainty, understanding [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: kam plih kt
definition 1: involved or intricate.
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  About this feature
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 ."
-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).