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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb complicate:

perplexcomplicaterefineelaborate

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb complicate and its most common antonym:

simplifycomplicate

Definition of the adjective complicate

What does complicate mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective

  1. [obsolete] Intertwined.
  2. [context: now rare, poetic] Complex, complicated.

Definition of the verb complicate

What does complicate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: complicated | complicating | complicates

  1. make more complicated
    • example: There was a new development that complicated the matter
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of complicate: perplex
    • antonym of complicate: simplify
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific terms:
  2. make more complex, intricate, or richer
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of complicate: elaborate / rarify / refine
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words:
      • involve = make complex or intricate or complicated
      • develop = elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
      • sophisticate = make more complex or refined

Alternative definition of the verb complicate

verb

  1. [transitive] To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult.
  2. [transitive] to expose involvement in a convoluted matter.

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Google previewBalance and Enrich Your Life: Secrets of Living In Bliss (2017)

by Michael Pambar

To complicate is the nature of mind. The more complicated a thing is, the more surprise it fashions. Simplifying life is the only true mysticism. Life is a simple occurrence but the complications of business have made it complex. Many people do ...

Google previewAnnals and Magazine of Natural History (1855)

Beg/rielzia complicate is a characteristic Lower Silurian form; its localities above alluded to are——Llan Mill, near Narberth ; Harnage, near Shrewsbury ; and Abermarchant. Prof. M'Coy mentions 35el-Qflflllfilfls for this species——— ...

Google previewThe Living Age (1874)

There are several other considerations which it is ver important to remember, so complicate is the subject. First, that “labour” is an ambiguous expression—at least often a misleading one; the day's labour—even the unskilled labour—of one ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

by Richard Soule

Complicated, complicate, tangled, entangled, intricate, involved. Complex, «. Network, complexus, complication, tangle, tangled skein, compages, compage, intricate web, web, webwork. Complexes, *. Network. See COMPLEX. Complexion, n.

Google previewA Dictionary Of The English Language; In Which The Words Are Deduced From Their Originals; And Illustrated In Their Different Significations, By Examples From The Best Writers: Together With A History of the Language, and an English Grammar (1818)

by Samuel Johnson

Commotion in the parts may make them apply themselves one to another, or complicate and dispose them o: the manner requisite to make them stick. Boyle, Hist, of Firmness. 3. To form by complication; to form by the union of several parts into ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)

Commotion in the parts may make them apply themselves one to another, or complicate and dispose them o: the manner requisite to make them stick. Boyle, Hist. of Firmness. 3. To form by complication; to form by the union of several parts into ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice (2014)

by Sherwood Thompson

Queer theory functions to complicate existing academic frameworks, and conceptions of social relations, by deconstructing the dominant, heteronormative structures undergirding extant scholarship (Marinucci, 2010). One theoretical strategy ...

Google previewA New English-Hindustani Dictionary (1883)

With Illustrations from English Literature and Colloquial English, Tr. Into Hindustani by S. W. Fallon

Complicate, v. a. uljhana ; pechida k. ; pech Complicate, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language ... Abstracted from the folio edition of the author ... Fourteenth edition, corrected, etc (1828)

To COMPLICATE. v. a. [complico, Lat.] To entangle one, with another; to join; to inyolye mutually. Tillotson. To unite by involution of parts. Boyle. To form by complication; to form by the union of several parts into one integral.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Developing World (2013)

by Thomas M. Leonard

Many factors complicate mental health in developing countries. Political, economic, and social conditions are as important as biological predispositions for depression, substance dependence, suicide, and other mental health disorders.

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Complicate Meaning

Video shows what complicate means. To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or ...

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While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple. (Gerald W. Grummet)
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3P3L1I1C3A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of COMPLICATE

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  • COMPACTILE

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