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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 for "complicate":

    compound

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How to use complicate in a sentence?

  1. Juan Pablo Badillo:

    Its a lie, absurd speculation from Mr Penn, in a way, yes, it does complicate it (his defense). Mr Penn should be called to testify to respond about the stupidities he has said.

  2. Alan Adkins:

    The UK referendum result could complicate some banks' plans because the extent to which they will be able to service EU customers from UK entities going forward is now less clear.

  3. Robert Bentley:

    This issue has created confusion with conflicting direction for probate judges in Alabama, probate judges have a unique responsibility in our state, and I support them. I will not take any action against probate judges, which would only serve to further complicate this issue.

  4. Michael Smallberg:

    The recent close ties between the foundation and Wall Street banks and other big businesses may complicate her attempt to portray herself as an economic populist and reposition her stance on financial issues.

  5. Gerald W. Grummet:

    While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.

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