adjective in·tri·cate \ˈin-tri-kət\

: having many parts

Full Definition of INTRICATE

:  having many complexly interrelating parts or elements :  complicated <intricate machinery> <an intricate plot>
:  difficult to resolve or analyze
in·tri·cate·ly adverb
in·tri·cate·ness noun

Examples of INTRICATE

  1. The movie has an intricate plot.
  2. <an intricate machine that requires some training to use it properly>
  3. Filigree is an ancient technique that creates an intricate, lace-like pattern through the combination of wire swirls and shapes. —Jeanne Rhodes-Moen, Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Fall 2007


Middle English, from Latin intricatus, past participle of intricare to entangle, from in- + tricae trifles, complications
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of INTRICATE

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>.
INTRICATE Defined for Kids


adjective in·tri·cate \ˈin-tri-kət\

Definition of INTRICATE for Kids

:  having many closely combined parts or elements <an intricate design>
:  very difficult to follow or understand <an intricate plot>
in·tri·cate·ly adverb


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