adjective com·pli·cate \ˈkäm-pli-kət\

Definition of COMPLICATE


Examples of COMPLICATE

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


Latin complicatus, past participle of complicare to fold together, from com- + plicare to fold — more at ply
First Known Use: 1638


verb com·pli·cate \ˈkäm-plə-ˌkāt\

: to make (something) more difficult or less simple

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


Full Definition of COMPLICATE

transitive verb
:  to combine especially in an involved or inextricable manner
:  to make complex or difficult
:  involve; especially :  to cause to be more complex or severe <a virus disease complicated by bacterial infection>

Examples of COMPLICATE

  1. Changing jobs now would complicate her life.
  2. a disease complicated by infection

First Known Use of COMPLICATE


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COMPLICATE Defined for Kids


verb com·pli·cate \ˈkäm-plə-ˌkāt\

Definition of COMPLICATE for Kids

:  to make or become difficult or lacking in simplicity
Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of COMPLICATE

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


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