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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People tend to think of loneliness as an issue that impacts the elderly or people who are socially isolated, but loneliness is more complicated than that. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Loneliness Reflects Quality of Relationships, Not Quantity," 26 Apr. 2019 Long isolated from global trade, the U.S. gas market is being buffeted by events far beyond domestic supply and demand measures, making production, pricing and shipping decisions more complicated than ever. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Sold on Tankers; Amazon’s Third-Party Gains; Robots Getting Stuck," 12 Apr. 2019 People may say that time heals all wounds, but as Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop has covered previously, grief is a lot more complicated than that. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Gwyneth Paltrow's Wedding Venue Was a Touching Tribute to Her Late Father, Bruce," 18 Mar. 2019 However, the answer is a little more complicated than that. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Has Attended Her Last Public Engagements Before Giving Birth," 14 Mar. 2019 This transition took place as the economy improved, but the narrative is much more complicated than designers dialing things up and down in time to economic fluctuations. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 More complicated than friends with benefits, less socially acceptable than an actual relationship. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "It’s Time to Put a Stop to ‘In-Betweenships’," 19 Apr. 2019 With so many different cards, spells, and strategies, Magic is a game best taught through watching and playing than careful (and complicated) explanation. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Polo is trickier: Suiting up to ride a horse while swinging an enormously heavy mallet is a bit more complicated, which is why lessons are offered at spots like Apes Hill Club, Lion Castle Polo Estate, or the Barbados Polo Club. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 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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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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