- 1Make (something) more difficult or confusing by causing it to be more complex: middlemen can complicate the process (as adjective complicating) a complicating factorMore example sentences
make (more) difficult, make complicated, mix up, confuse, muddle• informal mess up, screw up, snarl up
- There are a number of factors which complicate choices about smallpox either for governments or for individuals.
- The first factor complicating the fight against doping, he said, is the imperfect art of testing.
- One of the factors complicating the adjustment of the Hmong people has been English language acquisition.
- 1.1 Medicine Introduce complications in (an existing condition): smoking may complicate pregnancyMore example sentences
- Pregnancy is not an absolute contraindication to travel unless complicated by an unstable medical condition or impending labor.
- Respiratory failure frequently complicates the condition of children who have sustained traumatic injury.
- Women with preterm delivery and pregnancies complicated by hemoglobinopathies, hypertension, or multiple gestation were excluded.
early 17th century (in the sense 'combine, entangle, intertwine'): from Latin complicat- 'folded together', from the verb complicare, from com- 'together' + plicare 'to fold'.