Definition of sophisticated
1 : deprived of native or original simplicity: such asa : highly complicated or developed : complex sophisticated electronic devicesb : having a refined knowledge of the ways of the world cultivated especially through wide experience a sophisticated lady
2 : devoid of grossness: such asa : finely experienced and aware a sophisticated columnistb : intellectually appealing a sophisticated novel
Examples of sophisticated in a Sentence
Puck's mix of casual and sophisticated elements has become the most prevalent style of L.A. dining today. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 2009
Sophisticated investors took Moody's and S&P's word for it, and it turned out that the agencies didn't know what they were doing. —Andy Serwer et al., Time, 29 Sept. 2008
“These students want the amenities they grew up with at home—their own rooms, their own baths, along with some of the finer things in life. They're a more sophisticated consumer.” —Camille Sweeney, New York Times Real Estate Magazine, Spring 2007
Sonar devices can locate an enemy's sophisticated, almost-silent diesel submarines by, ironically, making a deafening noise—sometimes above 230 decibels, as loud as a Saturn V rocket blasting off. —Dick Russell, Mother Jones, March & April 2006
She was a sophisticated and well-traveled woman.
a swank and sophisticated restaurant
Her knitting technique is more sophisticated than mine.
Recent Examples of sophisticated from the Web
When a bank gets into financial trouble, shareholders and bondholders, assumed to be sophisticated investors aware of the risks, are supposed to take the hit and bear the losses.
Israel has signaled that the targets were smuggling sophisticated weapons to Lebanon.
Ida Duwe-Olsen and Ted Olsen with Williams Trew Real Estate proudly introduce the sophisticated two-bedroom condominium at 411 West Seventh Street, unit 206, located in the historic Neil P. building.
Doing so would require Moscow to expose its most sophisticated communications capabilities — which are likely housed in highly secure locations at diplomatic compounds — to an American.
Doing so would require Moscow to expose its most sophisticated communications capabilities - which are likely housed in highly secure locations at diplomatic compounds - to an American.
Sophisticated lighting schemes would ensure both safety and curb appeal after dark along the full length of the trails.
Of course there are also much cheaper, but also much less sophisticated, microdrones that cost under $100.
The arrangement will call for Nigeria to purchase up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear for nearly $600 million, one of the officials said.
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Did You Know?
A sophisticated argument is thorough and well-worked-out. A satellite is a sophisticated piece of technology, complex and designed to accomplish difficult tasks. A sophisticated person, such as Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, knows how to get around in the world. But sophistication isn't always admired. As you might guess, the word is closely related to sophistry (see above), and its original meanings weren't very positive, and still today many of us aren't sure we really like sophisticates.
Origin and Etymology of sophisticated
Medieval Latin sophisticatus
First Known Use: 1601
Synonym Discussion of sophisticated
SOPHISTICATED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sophisticated for English Language Learners
: having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc.
: attractive to fashionable or sophisticated people
: highly developed and complex
SOPHISTICATED Defined for Kids
Definition of sophisticated for Students
1 : very complicated sophisticated electronic devices
2 : having a lot of knowledge about the world especially through experience
3 : appealing to a person's intelligence a sophisticated novel
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