Definition of intricate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈintrəkət/


Very complicated or detailed: an intricate network of canals
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  • He was himself a batik designer and his love of detail and intricate design is apparent in his artwork.
  • I seem to remember my dreams in unusually intricate detail and twice as often as most people.
  • The intricate detail and structure of this miniscule world is breathtaking.
complex, complicated, convoluted, tangled, entangled, twisted;
elaborate, ornate, detailed, baroque, delicate;
bewildering, confusing, perplexing, labyrinthine, Byzantine;
Rube Goldberg
informal fiddly


Late Middle English: from Latin intricat- 'entangled', from the verb intricare, from in- 'into' + tricae 'tricks, perplexities'.

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