com·​plex·​i·​fy käm-ˈplek-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce complexify (audio)
complexified; complexifying

intransitive verb

: to become complex

Examples of complexify in a Sentence

my proposal would simplify the process, whereas yours would needlessly complexify it
Recent Examples on the Web But like Nichole says, there have been new complexifying factors in the meantime. Kathleen Newman-Bremang,, 31 July 2023 Rather than expand our singular viewpoint, calcified by confirmation and desirability biases, to a dualistic battle royale that may only further harden our stance, Grant suggests the solution is to explore other angles and viewpoints beyond our purview—to complexify. Tim Maurer, Forbes, 13 June 2021 In between the set pieces and special effects, those shows forgot about enriching and complexifying their themes. Wired Staff, Wired, 20 Dec. 2019 What’s the point of complexifying a straightforward election? Adam Rogers, WIRED, 6 June 2018 Star Wars has taught us that prequels only undermine stakes and complexify timelines. Adam Rogers, WIRED, 8 Mar. 2018

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Word History


complex entry 2 + -ify

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of complexify was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Complexify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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