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Synonyms for complicate
ˈkɒm plɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complicate, perplex(verb)

    make more complicated

    "There was a new development that complicated the matter"

    Synonyms:
    elaborate, refine, stick, dumbfound, nonplus, pose, stupefy, puzzle, gravel, mystify, rarify, bewilder, get, beat, flummox, amaze, perplex, baffle, vex

    Antonyms:
    simplify

  2. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate(verb)

    make more complex, intricate, or richer

    "refine a design or pattern"

    Synonyms:
    elaborate, refine, perplex, lucubrate, exposit, polish, down, rarify, fine-tune, work out, rectify, dilate, expatiate, expand, expound, flesh out, enlarge

    Antonyms:
    simplify

Wiktionary

  1. complicate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    intricate, entangle, embroil, mire, mix up

  2. complicate(verb)

    Intertwined.

    Don't complicate yourself in issues that are beyond the scope of your education.

    Synonyms:
    embroil, intricate, mix up, mire, entangle

  3. complicate(adjective)

    Complex, complicated.

    Synonyms:
    mire, mix up, entangle, intricate, embroil

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. complicate

    To involve (Latin in, in, and volvo, roll) is to roll or wind up with or in so as to combine inextricably or inseparably, or nearly so; as, the nation is involved in war; the bookkeeper's accounts, or the writer's sentences are involved. Involve is a stronger word than implicate, denoting more complete entanglement. As applied to persons, implicate is always used in an unfavorable sense, and involve ordinarily so; but implicate applies only to that which is wrong, while involve is more commonly used of that which is unfortunate; one is implicated in a crime, involved in embarrassments, misfortunes, or perplexities. As regards logical connection that which is included is usually expressly stated; that which is implied is not stated, but is naturally to be inferred; that which is involved is necessarily to be inferred; as, a slate roof is included in the contract; that the roof shall be water-tight is implied; the contrary supposition involves an absurdity. See COMPLEX.

    Synonyms:
    embarrass, embroil, entangle, implicate, imply, include, involve, overwhelm

    Antonyms:
    disconnect, disentangle, distinguish, explicate, extricate, remove, separate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. complicate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    involve, entangle, make complex, make intricate

  2. complicate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    complex, complicated

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    compound

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How to use complicate in a sentence?

  1. Sajjan Gohel:

    It's very much the last thing that's needed right now, especially in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, when there was hope that Russia could form an alliance with France and with the United States against ISIS, this is going to complicate things. This is going to add unnecessary tensions that really weren't required at this critical juncture.

  2. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Life is really simple; we ourselves create the circumstances that complicate it.

  3. Paul Ryan:

    Obviously we’re in favorite of repealing the individual mandate, but we didn’t want to needlessly complicate the passage of tax reform, so we want to see the Senate go first and see if they can get that done and then we’ll discuss whether or not it gets included at the end [in conference].

  4. Robert Steffen:

    We also felt declaring a public health emergency of international concern would not aid the situation, it might actually even complicate it.

  5. Andy Beshear:

    PBMs were originally established to help companies and government programs better manage pharmacy costs, but have grown into powerful industry middlemen that go to great lengths to hide and complicate drug pricing information.


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