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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. Chris Morris:

    Hero-cults complicate everything in a Sacred Band.

  2. Rupert Hammond-Chambers:

    The idea is to complicate China's scenarios, to make them pause, to get them to think twice before they attack.

  3. Tatiana Maslany:

    We like to push the boundaries of what we're able to do and the limits of those clone scenes, so, yes, you'll definitely see more complex clone work this season and that's just because we're getting more comfortable with the technology and we're excited by getting to sort of further complicate things.

  4. Elise Labott:

    If the Russians are indeed increasing their military presence in Syria, that would certainly complicate that.

  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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