so·​phis·​ti·​cat·​ed | \ sə-ˈfi-stə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce sophisticated (audio) \

Essential Meaning of sophisticated

1 : having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc. She was a sophisticated and well-traveled woman. She has sophisticated tastes.
2 : attractive to fashionable or sophisticated people a swank and sophisticated restaurant
3 : highly developed and complex a sophisticated computer network sophisticated technologies Her knitting technique is more sophisticated than mine.

Full Definition of sophisticated

1 : deprived of native or original simplicity: such as
a : highly complicated or developed : complex sophisticated electronic devices
b : having a refined knowledge of the ways of the world cultivated especially through wide experience a sophisticated lady
2 : devoid of grossness: such as
a : finely experienced and aware a sophisticated columnist
b : intellectually appealing a sophisticated novel

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Other Words from sophisticated

sophisticatedly adverb

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sophisticated, worldly-wise, blasé mean experienced in the ways of the world. sophisticated often implies refinement, urbanity, cleverness, and cultivation. guests at her salon were usually rich and sophisticated worldly-wise suggests a close and practical knowledge of the affairs and manners of society and an inclination toward materialism. a worldly-wise woman with a philosophy of personal independence blasé implies a lack of responsiveness to common joys as a result of a real or affected surfeit of experience and cultivation. blasé travelers who claimed to have been everywhere

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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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web As brands become more sophisticated and pronounced, interactive and brand-focused events have the ability to become the nexus of cannabis culture and commerce. Rosie Mattio, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 In fact, Apple Maps has been around for nine years now and is still trying to play catch-up with some of Google’s more sophisticated and novel features. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 15 Oct. 2021 Eick designed and hand-built the sleek, sophisticated and minimalist restaurant/bar in a palette of grays and blacks with wood accents and low lighting. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 In that cultural context, the quiet but sophisticated abstraction of One Steuart Lane starts to make sense. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Oct. 2021 Lyla Lila opened just before the pandemic, and has emerged this year as exactly the diverse, sophisticated and comfortable restaurant Atlanta’s booming Midtown neighborhood needed. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Quietly joining that line-up is The Guardsman, an intimate and sophisticated stay that feels more like a private member's club than a central London hotel. Tal Dekel Daks, Travel + Leisure, 7 Oct. 2021 The strange thing is that, at least for now, most participants in the crypto market, including some very large and sophisticated operators, don’t seem to care about any of the risks. Declan Harty, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 Charming and sophisticated are two words that describe this 5 bed, 4 bath Buckhead home. Kiersten Willis, ajc, 5 Oct. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sophisticated.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of sophisticated

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sophisticated

Medieval Latin sophisticatus

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“Sophisticated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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so·​phis·​ti·​cat·​ed | \ sə-ˈfi-stə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce sophisticated (audio) \

Kids Definition of sophisticated

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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