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intricate Line breaks: in¦tri|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈɪntrɪkət/

Definition of intricate in English:


Very complicated or detailed: an intricate network of canals
More example sentences
  • 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.
elaborate, ornate, detailed;
Byzantine, Daedalian, Gordian, involved, mixed up, difficult, hard
informal fiddly


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



Pronunciation: /ˈɪntrɪkətli/
Example sentences
  • His creations are an actor's dream, intricately detailed and enigmatic.
  • The third a priori is that all aspects of the universe and all beings within it are intricately interdependent.
  • For some reason, plants that have gentler tones of colour seem to be intricately constructed and merit close-up attention.

Words that rhyme with intricate

Connecticut • Alcott

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