complicated

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

Definition of complicated

1 :consisting of parts intricately combined
  • a complicated recipe
  • complicated machinery
2 :difficult to analyze, understand, or explain
  • a complicated issue
  • his absurdly complicated life

complicatedly

adverb

complicatedness

noun

Examples of complicated in a Sentence

  1. The game's rules are too complicated.

  2. The machine has a complicated design.

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Origin and Etymology 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

COMPLICATED Defined for English Language Learners

complicated

adjective

Definition of complicated for English Language Learners

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


COMPLICATED Defined for Kids

complicated

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

Definition of complicated for Students

:difficult to understand or explain
  • complicated rules

Medical Dictionary

complicated

adjective com·pli·cat·ed

medical Definition of complicated

of a bone fracture
:characterized by injury to nearby parts


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