If something is sophisticated, it's complicated and intricate. The inner workings of a computer are sophisticated. Sophisticated can also refer to having good taste. Either way, sophisticated things are impressive.

Sophisticated systems and objects are complex and tough to understand. High school math is a lot more sophisticated than grammar school math. Driving a car is more sophisticated than riding a bike. People are sophisticated if they have plenty of worldly experience and what is generally regarded as "good taste." Sometimes, that just means they have a lot of money and like things that are fancy. Going to a symphony is considered more sophisticated than going to a rock concert.

Definitions of sophisticated

adj having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire

sophisticated young socialites”
“a sophisticated audience”
“a sophisticated lifestyle”
“a sophisticated book”
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
freed from enchantment
cosmopolitan, widely distributed
growing or occurring in many parts of the world
having much knowledge or education
able to read and write
blase, worldly
very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world
intelligent, well-informed
possessing sound knowledge
polished, refined, svelte, urbane
showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
experienced in and wise to the ways of the world
secular, temporal, worldly
characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
naif, naive
marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
disposed to believe on little evidence
not informed; lacking in knowledge or information
childlike, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, simple, wide-eyed
exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity
showing a lack of judgment or experience
fleeceable, green, gullible
naive and easily deceived or tricked
ingenuous, innocent
lacking in sophistication or worldliness
lacking subtlety and insight
unsophisticated, unworldly
not wise in the ways of the world
not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations
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adj ahead in development; complex or intricate

“a sophisticated electronic control system”
hi-tech, high-tech
resembling or making use of highly advanced technology or devices

adj intellectually appealing

“a sophisticated drama”
appealing to or using the intellect

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