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2 made or done with great care or with much detail
  • complicated plans for redeveloping the riverfront that involve both the private and public sectors

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past tense of complicate

Synonyms & Antonyms of complicated (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make complex or difficult
  • the need to go to both a PTA conference and condo board meeting really complicates tonight's schedule

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2 to make more severe
  • asthma that has recently been complicated by a bout of bronchitis

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How does the adjective complicated differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of complicated are complex, intricate, involved, and knotty. While all these words mean "having confusingly interrelated parts," complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining.

complicated legal procedures

When might complex be a better fit than complicated?

The words complex and complicated can be used in similar contexts, but complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure.

a complex recipe

When would intricate be a good substitute for complicated?

The synonyms intricate and complicated are sometimes interchangeable, but intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately.

an intricate web of deceit

When is it sensible to use involved instead of complicated?

The words involved and complicated are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, involved implies extreme complication and often disorder.

a rambling, involved explanation

When is knotty a more appropriate choice than complicated?

Although the words knotty and complicated have much in common, knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable.

knotty ethical questions

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The first known use of complicated was in 1656

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“Complicated.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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