complicated

adjective
com·​pli·​cat·​ed | \ ˈkäm-plə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce complicated (audio) \

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

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Other Words from complicated

complicatedly adverb
complicatedness noun

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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

Examples of complicated in a Sentence

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

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The particulars of Manning’s new case are complicated. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chelsea Manning Has Been Imprisoned for Resisting a Grand Jury Investigation. Here’s Why She Should Be Freed," 11 Mar. 2019 In the end, the relationship between caffeine and migraines is complicated. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Tell if Your 'Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches' Are Actually Migraines," 25 Jan. 2019 Even for an orbiting satellite, scheduling observations can be very complicated. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "NASA’s next Mars rover will use AI to be a better science partner," 6 Dec. 2018 Including, the technology to do this is very complicated. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018 Block — an actress with a long and complicated Broadway history whose power and vulnerability always seem to coexist in the most fascinating way — already has figured her way into Cher. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Just belt out 'Believe!' Pre-Broadway 'Cher Show' needs to let the Chers take charge," 28 June 2018 Residents who might be facing housing instability include those working in service jobs and tourism, and both Martinez and David acknowledge that the issue is complicated. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Tahoe voters to decide on measure to cut number of vacation rentals," 21 June 2018 The Plot The Neapolitan Novels chronicle the complicated, decade-spanning love-hate relationship between two women growing up in an impoverished Naples neighborhood in the latter half of the twentieth century. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "My Brilliant Friend to Return for Season 2 on HBO," 4 Dec. 2018 Serbs and Albanians, and certainly Serbs and Kosovar Albanians, have a complicated relationship and a long history of conflict — particularly over Kosovo, which Serbians view as the cradle of Serbian civilization. Ani Kokobobo, Washington Post, "For Albanians, it’s not just an eagle. Here’s the deeper story those World Cup fines.," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of complicated

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complicated

see complicate entry 2

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The first known use of complicated was in 1656

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complicated

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of complicated

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

complicated

adjective
com·​pli·​cat·​ed | \ ˈkäm-plə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce complicated (audio) \

Kids Definition of complicated

: difficult to understand or explain complicated rules

complicated

adjective
com·​pli·​cat·​ed

Medical Definition of complicated

of a bone fracture
: characterized by injury to nearby parts

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