• WordNet 3.6
    • v complicate make more complex, intricate, or richer "refine a design or pattern"
    • v complicate make more complicated "There was a new development that complicated the matter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress
    • Complicate Composed of two or more parts united; complex; complicated; involved. "How poor, how rich, how abject, how august,
      How complicate , how wonderful is man!"
    • Complicate (Bot) Folded together, or upon itself, with the fold running lengthwise.
    • v. t Complicate To fold or twist together; to combine intricately; to make complex; to combine or associate so as to make intricate or difficult. "Nor can his complicated sinews fail.""Avarice and luxury very often become one complicated principle of action.""When the disease is complicated with other diseases."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Olive oil can help in lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart complications
    • complicate To render complex or intricate; fold or twist together; entangle; intertwine; interweave; involve: as, to complicate matters, he was suddenly taken ill.
    • complicate To form by combination of parts or elements; combine; compound.
    • complicate Composed of interconnected parts; complex.
    • complicate Intricate; involved.
    • complicate In botany, folded upon itself: as, a complicate embryo: same as conduplicate.
    • complicate In entomology, folded longitudinally once or several times, as the wings of wasps, the posterior wings of grasshoppers, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest person to live was Jeanne Louise Calment, she lived for a whopping 122 years until she died of smoking related complications.
    • v.t Complicate kom′pli-kāt to twist or plait together: to render complex: to entangle
    • adj Complicate complex: involved
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.”
  • J. August Strindberg
    “A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.”
  • Martha Gellhorn
    Martha Gellhorn
    “I see mysteries and complications wherever I look, and I have never met a steadily logical person.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.”
  • C. W. Ceran
    C. W. Ceran
    “Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. complicatus, p. p. of complicare, to fold together. See Complex


In literature:

In spelling, the complicated is the surest, reasoned this little girl.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
But there are so many complications and so much money to pay out.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Was there any possible good outcome to non-voting and dissolution of the Union, except that there would then be no complicity with slave-holders?
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
The libretto is most amusing, though the plot is complicated.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The strange thing is that he should not have been punished for complicity.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The presence of the Jernynghams might involve him in further complications.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
He was rather anxious for a time; the fever you had before the dago stabbed you complicated things.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
That complicates the whole matter.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
This can only be done by the complicated methods known to the chemist.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
Avoid complicated maneuvers.= Complicated maneuvers are not likely to succeed in war.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

He could hear Beethoven:
Black yew, white cloud,
The horrific complications.
Finger-traps—a tumult of keys.
"Little Fugue" by Sylvia Plath
Bowed with a sense of sin, I faint
Beneath the complicated load;
Father, attend my deep complaint,
I am Thy creature, Thou my God.
"Bowed With a Sense of Sin" by Augustus Montague Toplady
The sweat of his efforts a rain
Tugging the world to fruit.
The bees found him out,
Molding onto his lips like lies,
Complicating his features.
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
But he opened out the hinges,
Pushed and pulled the joints and hinges,
Till it looked all squares and oblongs,
Like a complicated figure
In the Second Book of Euclid.
"Hiawatha's Photographing " by Lewis Carroll
O what marvellous Eye, inspecting,
Sees the immeasurable scene;
O what wondrous Hand, directing,
Guides the complicate machine:
Tiring, wandering, lingering never,
Lasting unimpaired for ever!
"Ohne hast und ohne Rast" by John Bowring
Alas, that man's own cleverness
Should land him in this pretty mess
Where man blames man and nation charges nation.
Tho' wise blokes con it o'er and o'er
The sum of all their labored lore
Seems but to complicate the complication.
"Frankenstein" by C J Dennis

In news:

Men at Higher Risk of Wound Complications after Body Contouring Surgery.
Now to complicate (well, clarify, one hopes) things, there is also something called a "budget reserve" set-aside.
To the casual observer, removing the chips created during a metalworking manufacturing process may seem about as complicated as emptying a waste basket.
WOONSOCKET- Therese (Forand) Corbeille , 80, a life-long Rhode Islander, passed away peacefully on September 22nd due to complications associated with renal failure at Mt St. Francis/Trinity Health Center in Woonsocket, RI.
Corinne (Ripple) Stevenson, 83, passed away Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008, after battling complications from a stroke.
Eight Corsican nationalists went on trial in Paris on charges of complicity in the murder of France's chief delegate on the island in 1998, but the man believed to have pulled the trigger remained at large.
Max Tishler, a pharmaceutical scientist who led in the development of drugs to treat arthritis and other diseases, died of complications of emphysema Saturday at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown, Conn.
Without a deft touch, HIT marketing can come off as complicated, stuffy, and confusing.
The more complicated the world gets, the more complex skills the job market requires.
The NM state email investigation is getting more and more complicated.
Ingrid Croce remembers complicated husband Jim.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment and complications.
From camera phones to the latest digital SLR technology, the plethora of digital cameras on the market has made taking a picture both easier and more complicated than ever.
But the ring, with an estimated price of $50,000 to $100,000, comes with a controversy more complicated than the.
Other complications include irregular periods, nausea, breast tenderness and mood swings.

In science:

Thus the complicated behavior of the integrand near x = 0 should reflect the spectrum of the p-p′ open string .
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
T (the calculation of the perpendicular component of the structure factor for ω < T is much more complicated, and we will only be able to discuss its qualitative behavior).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
For a single M5-brane and a small and slowly varying H it has to be selfdual, and for generic values of H, which are still slowly varying the condition is more complicated .
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
For k > 3 situation becomes more complicated, as the number of possible cases grows rapidly.
Avoiding maximal parabolic subgroups of S_k
The double integral over the complex plane (4.22) is complicated by the fact that it mixes holomorphic and antiholomorphic variables.
The D0-brane metric in N = 2 sigma models