Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become complex or perplexing.
  • transitive v. To twist or become twisted together.
  • adj. Complex, intricate, and involved.
  • adj. Biology Folded longitudinally one or several times, as certain leaves or the wings of some insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult.
  • v. to expose involvement in a convoluted matter.
  • adj. Intertwined.
  • adj. Complex, complicated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Composed of two or more parts united; complex; complicated; involved.
  • adj. Folded together, or upon itself, with the fold running lengthwise.
  • transitive v. To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render complex or intricate; fold or twist together; entangle; intertwine; interweave; involve: as, to complicate matters, he was suddenly taken ill.
  • To form by combination of parts or elements; combine; compound.
  • Composed of interconnected parts; complex.
  • Intricate; involved.
  • In botany, folded upon itself: as, a complicate embryo: same as conduplicate.
  • In entomology, folded longitudinally once or several times, as the wings of wasps, the posterior wings of grasshoppers, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make more complicated
  • v. make more complex, intricate, or richer

Etymologies

Latin complicāre, complicāt-, to fold together : com-, com- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin complicatus, past participle of complicare ("to fold together"), from com- ("together") + plicare ("to fold, weave, knit"); see plaid, and compare complex (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • AMANPOUR: And how much do the militants complicate -- in other words, using potential humanitarian aid to control the people?

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  • UND also fears keeping the nickname will complicate its plans to join the Big Sky athletics conference in July.

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  • Some missing mode and options labels complicate navigation, though.

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  • The latter does not so much "complicate" our response as readers as divert our attention away from the exigencies of reading.

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  • The Post reports that Pakistan may be in violation of the Leahy Amendment, a law that requires countries receiving U.S. military assistance to abide by human rights standards, and may "complicate" its relationship with Congress.

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  • I live in Brasil and some ingredients are unavailable, hard to find or really expensive, some american bloggers (specially in bread recipes) use ounces, which is kind of complicate to me to convert.

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  • More time for Republicans like Roy Blunt to say Republicans won't be offering up their own solution because it will only "complicate" the push for reform?

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  • S&P expressed worry the opposition could "complicate" efforts to stabilize the key wholesale segment of the industry.

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