over·​com·​pli·​cat·​ed | \ ˌō-vər-ˈkäm-plə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce overcomplicated (audio) \

Definition of overcomplicated

: complicated to an excessive degree : overly difficult to understand or explain an overcomplicated system/plot overcomplicated assembly instructions The dishes were never overcomplicated, yet were subtly complex …— Thomas Matthews

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overcomplicate \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈkäm-​plə-​ˌkāt How to pronounce overcomplicated (audio) \ transitive verb overcomplicated; overcomplicating
no need to overcomplicate the process … just watch the ball and hit it and try not to overcomplicate things. — Colin Munro

First Known Use of overcomplicated

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcomplicated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcomplicated. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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