con·​vo·​lute ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio)
convoluted; convoluting
: twist, coil

Examples of convolute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your faith will be rewarded at last, for the most part; some of the narrative is unnecessarily convoluted, with one or two characters who might easily have been cut out. Matthew Gilbert,, 5 July 2023 The Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon on Wednesday, accusing the tech and retail giant of deceiving customers into subscribing to Amazon Prime, then convoluting the process to cancel their subscriptions. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2023 That will always be a facts and circumstances question which is utterly incapable of being pidgeonholed by way of multi-element tests, and in fact such tests merely convolute the issues without giving the courts much in the way of meaningful guidance. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 17 June 2021 In the East, the picture is a bit more clear than in the West, though tiebreakers convolute the scenarios. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 Though the process was convoluted, Michigan was eliminated from Rose Bowl contention by virtue of having a lesser overall record (8-3 while Ohio State and Wisconsin were 10-1 each). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2020 The hierarchy can get convoluted here, because the engine size and pricing don't follow the same logic across brands. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 23 May 2020 What follows is a thorough examination of the video’s convoluted history that, for the first time, sheds light on exactly how the clip—which we were never meant to see—made its way into the mainstream. Tim McMillan, Popular Mechanics, 17 Jan. 2020 The causes of this cost disparity are convoluted and various, Obermeyer said. Quinn Gawronski, NBC News, 6 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin convolūtus, past participle of convolvere "to roll up, coil, twist" — more at convolve

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of convolute was in 1698

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Cite this Entry

“Convolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


con·​vo·​lute ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio)
: rolled or wound together with one part upon another
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