complicated Definition

  • 1consisting of many interconnecting parts or elements; intricate
  • 2involving many different and confusing aspects or factors

Using complicated: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "complicated" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The instructions for assembling the furniture were too complicated.

  • Example

    Their relationship is very complicated.

  • Example

    The situation became more complicated when new evidence was discovered.

  • Example

    The math problem was so complicated that I couldn't solve it.

complicated Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for complicated

Idioms Using complicated

  • complicate matters/things

    to make a situation more difficult or complex than it already is


    By involving lawyers, he only complicated matters further.

  • a situation where two or more people are trying to achieve something together, but their actions are not coordinated or in sync


    Negotiating a business deal can be like a complicated dance, with each side trying to gain an advantage.

  • a story that has many twists and turns, making it difficult to follow or understand


    The movie had a complicated story that left many viewers confused.

Phrases with complicated

  • to make something more difficult or complex than necessary


    He always makes things more complicated than they need to be.

  • a form of grief that is particularly intense, prolonged, and difficult to manage


    She experienced complicated grief after the sudden death of her husband.

  • a type of migraine headache that is accompanied by neurological symptoms such as weakness or difficulty speaking


    She was diagnosed with complicated migraines and prescribed medication to manage the symptoms.

Origins of complicated

from Latin 'complicare', meaning 'to fold together'


Summary: complicated in Brief

The term 'complicated' [ˈkɒmplɪkeɪtɪd] refers to something that consists of many interconnecting parts or elements, or involves many different and confusing aspects or factors. It can describe anything from a math problem to a relationship, and extends into phrases like 'make something complicated,' and idioms like 'complicate matters/things.' 'Complicated' can also refer to specific medical conditions, such as 'complicated grief' or 'complicated migraine.'

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