complicate

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. involve, embarrass, confuse; perplex; aggravate, compound. See disorder, difficulty.
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(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. involve, convolute, confound, make difficult, make complex, make intricate, tangle, twist, snarl up, entangle, embroil, obscure, make multiform, make various, muddle, confuse, mix up, elaborate, embellish, compound, implicate, conceal, impede, perplex, vex, hinder, hamper, encumber, bedevil, darken, obfuscate, mystify, render unintelligible, jumble, knot, tie in knots, clog, ball up*; see also confuse , entangle .
Ant. simplify*, clear up, disentangle.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
entangle, *mess up, convolute, confuse, make complex, snarl, bedevil, *add fuel to the fire, confound, involve, embrangle.
ANT.: simplify, clarify
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make complex, intricate, or perplexing: embarrass, entangle, involve, perplex, ravel, snarl2, tangle. See SIMPLE.

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  • Complicate — Com pli*cate, a. [L. complicatus, p. p. of complicare to fold together. See {Complex}.] 1. Composed of two or more parts united; complex; complicated; involved. [1913 Webster] How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, How complicate, how… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Complicate — Com pli*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Complicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Complicating}.] To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult. [1913 Webster] Nor can his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complicate — I verb aggravate, bedevil, befoul, confound, confuse, dislocate, disorganize, embroil, encumber, entangle, exacerbate, implicate, intensify, involve, jumble, knot, make intricate, make worse, mix up, muddle, obfuscate, obscure, perplex, perturb,… …   Law dictionary

  • complicate — (v.) 1620s, to intertwine (earlier as a pp. adjective, early 15c.), from L. complicatus folded together; confused, intricate, pp. of complicare (see COMPLICATION (Cf. complication)). Meaning to make more complex is recorded from 1832, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • complicate — [v] confuse, make difficult add fuel to fire*, bedevil, clog, combine, confound, convolute, derange, disarrange, disorder, elaborate, embroil, entangle, fold, foul up*, handicap, impede, infold, interfuse, interrelate, interweave, involve, jumble …   New thesaurus

  • complicate — ► VERB 1) make more intricate or confusing. 2) Medicine introduce complications in (an existing condition). ORIGIN Latin complicare fold together …   English terms dictionary

  • complicate — [käm′pli kāt΄; ] for adj [., käm′plikit, käm′plikāt΄] vt., vi. complicated, complicating [< L complicatus, pp. of complicare, to fold together < com , together + plicare, to fold, weave: see FLAX] to make or become intricate, difficult, or… …   English World dictionary

  • complicate — [[t]kɒ̱mplɪkeɪt[/t]] complicates, complicating, complicated VERB To complicate something means to make it more difficult to understand or deal with. [V n] What complicates the issue is the burden of history... [V n] The day s events, he said,… …   English dictionary

  • complicate */*/ — UK [ˈkɒmplɪkeɪt] / US [ˈkɑmplɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms complicate : present tense I/you/we/they complicate he/she/it complicates present participle complicating past tense complicated past participle complicated 1) to make something… …   English dictionary

  • complicate — 1. verb a) To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult. Dont complicate yourself in issues that are beyond the scope of your education. b) to expose involvement… …   Wiktionary

  • complicate — verb ADVERB ▪ enormously, greatly, seriously, significantly ▪ These events will greatly complicate the situation. ▪ further PHRASES …   Collocations dictionary

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