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

v make more complicated

“There was a new development that complicated the matter”
Synonyms:
perplex
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

v make more complex, intricate, or richer

Synonyms:
elaborate, rarify, refine
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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