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com·pli·cate

complicate

 
 
pronunciation:
kam plih keIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: complicates, complicating, complicated
definition: to make more difficult to do or understand.
The bad weather complicated our vacation plans.
synonyms:
snarl, tangle
antonyms:
resolve, simplify, unravel
similar words:
confuse, jumble, knot, mix, muddle, obscure, ravel
Word History
Complicate is from a Latin word that means "to fold or weave together."
Word Parts  About this feature
The word complicate contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
syn-
 
plic, plex, ply Latin root that means fold, plait
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).