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1 make more complicated; "There was a new development that complicated the matter" [syn: perplex] [ant: simplify]
2 make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern" [syn: refine, rarify, elaborate]

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From complicatus, past participle of complicare.


  1. add difficulty or variation to; see complex.
    Don't complicate yourself in issues that are beyond the scope of your education.
  2. to expose involvement in a convoluted matter.
    John has been complicated in the affair by new tapes that surfaced.
    The DA has made every effort to complicate me in the scandal.



add difficulty or variation to



  1. Feminine plural form of complicato.


  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative|complicare#Italian, complicare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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