Definition of complicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

complicate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they complicate
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it complicates
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪkeɪts//
 
past simple complicated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle complicated
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form complicating
BrE BrE//ˈkɒmplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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complicate something to make something more difficult to do, understand or deal with I do not wish to complicate the task more than is necessary. To complicate matters further, there will be no transport available till 8 o'clock. The issue is complicated by the fact that a vital document is missing. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘combine, entangle, intertwine’): from Latin complicat- ‘folded together’, from the verb complicare, from com- ‘together’ + plicare ‘to fold’.Extra examples These events will greatly complicate the situation. The situation is further complicated by the language difficulties. This latest bloodshed greatly complicates efforts to bring peace to the region. To complicate matters further, there will be no transport available till 8 o’clock.
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