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complicate

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adjective com·pli·cate \ˈkäm-pli-kət\

Definition of complicate



Examples of complicate in a sentence

  1. <the kind of complicate machinery that is used in the field of robotics>



Origin and Etymology of complicate

Latin complicatus, past participle of complicare to fold together, from com- + plicare to fold — more at ply


First Known Use: 1638


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complicate

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verb com·pli·cate \ˈkäm-plə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of complicate

  • : to make (something) more difficult or less simple

  • : to cause (a medical problem) to become more dangerous or harder to treat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of complicate

complicated

complicating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to combine especially in an involved or inextricable manner

  3. 2 :  to make complex or difficult

  4. 3 :  involve; especially :  to cause to be more complex or severe <a virus disease complicated by bacterial infection>

Examples of complicate in a sentence

  1. Changing jobs now would complicate her life.

  2. a disease complicated by infection



1672

First Known Use of complicate

1672



COMPLICATE Defined for Kids

complicate

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verb com·pli·cate \ˈkäm-plə-ˌkāt\

Definition of complicate for Students

complicated

complicating

  1. :  to make or become difficult or lacking in simplicity




Medical Dictionary

complicate

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transitive verb com·pli·cate \ˈkäm-plə-ˌkāt\

Medical Definition of complicate

complicated

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complicating

  1. :  to cause to be more complex or severe <a virus disease complicated by bacterial infection>





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