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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web You wouldn’t be charged a cent to give birth, no matter how complicated your delivery was. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 While many conservative White evangelicals rejoiced after the draft opinion was revealed, the reception in Black churches has often been more complicated. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 However, more complicated than the staircase itself are the gruesome blood spatters that adorn it, the patterns and placement of which play an integral role in the legal case. Sasha Urban, Variety, 12 May 2022 Just the fact that the measurement is so complicated raises an eyebrow. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, 11 May 2022 But being responsible for an animal is actually a lot more complicated than that. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, 11 May 2022 Sure, even large inflatable pools may take under an hour to set up, and filling them is often no more complicated than attaching a garden hose. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 But there’s also caution that the coming phase of the campaign, which continues on Tuesday with a tight GOP race for governor in Nebraska, could be more complicated for Trump. Jill Colvin, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 The situation is more complicated than in other states because Oregon's public defender system is the only one in the nation that relies entirely on contractors, Mosher said. Gillian Flaccus, ajc, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Complicated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of complicated

: difficult to understand or explain complicated rules



Medical Definition of complicated

of a bone fracture
: characterized by injury to nearby parts

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