complicate

To complicate things is to make them more complex, confusing, or difficult. So if you've already accepted two party invitations for Saturday night, don't complicate the situation by accepting a third.

This verb dates back to the 17th century, when it meant “to intertwine” or “to fold together." This intertwining and folding together, however, sometimes don't work out so well. An infection can complicate an injury. A detour for road construction will complicate your usual route. And directions that are written in another language — and without pictures — complicate the assembly of furniture and toys.

Definitions of complicate
  1. verb
    make more complicated
    “There was a new development that complicated the matter”
    synonyms: perplex
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    Antonyms:
    simplify
    make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent
    types:
    complexify
    make complex
    embrangle, snarl, snarl up
    make more complicated or confused through entanglements
    snafu
    cause to be in a state of complete confusion
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    make more complex, intricate, or richer
    synonyms: elaborate, rarify, refine
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    types:
    involve
    make complex or intricate or complicated
    develop
    elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
    sophisticate
    make more complex or refined
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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