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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of complicare, from com- ( COM-) + plicare 'to fold'

complicate

verb
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
com‧pli‧cate [transitive]
1 to make a problem or situation more difficult:
The situation is complicated by the fact that I've got to work late on Friday.
To complicate matters further, differences exist as regards legal systems, trade customs and language.
2 [usually passive]MI to make an illness worse:
a heart condition complicated by pneumonia

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