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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb make more complicated
  • verb make more complex, intricate, or richer

Etymologies

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

[Latin complicāre, complicāt-, to fold together : com-, com- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin complicatus, past participle of complicare ("to fold together"), from com- ("together") + plicare ("to fold, weave, knit"); see plaid, and compare complex

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