adjective com·pli·cat·ed \ˈkäm-plə-ˌkā-təd\

: hard to understand, explain, or deal with : having many parts or steps

Full Definition of COMPLICATED

:  consisting of parts intricately combined <a complicated recipe>
:  difficult to analyze, understand, or explain <a complicated issue>
com·pli·cat·ed·ly adverb
com·pli·cat·ed·ness noun


  1. The game's rules are too complicated.
  2. The machine has a complicated design.

First Known Use of COMPLICATED


Synonym Discussion of COMPLICATED

complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty mean having confusingly interrelated parts. complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure <a complex recipe>. complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining <complicated legal procedures>. intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately <an intricate web of deceit>. involved implies extreme complication and often disorder <a rambling, involved explanation>. knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable <knotty ethical questions>.
COMPLICATEDLY Defined for Kids


adjective com·pli·cat·ed \ˈkäm-plə-ˌkā-təd\

Definition of COMPLICATED for Kids

:  difficult to understand or explain <complicated rules>
Medical Dictionary


adjective com·pli·cat·ed

Medical Definition of COMPLICATED

of a bone fracture :  characterized by injury to nearby parts


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