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  • Adj.

complicated

KOM-pli-kay-tid

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The directions to my house are complicated or tricky to figure out, so pay close attention. The directions are so complicated or involved because there are so many turns and one-way streets. Besides that, you must go through the shopping center with the complicated parking lot which has eighty-five different ways to go, and only one which is right. Once you get here, if you ever do, we can play that complicated board game that has so many rules that it’s very hard to know what’s happening.

Quiz: What is a complicated problem probably like?

  • It is hard to solve.
  • It is easy to solve.
  • It is impossible to solve.

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Computer License Dated In order to use your computer at school, you need to have a dated license, which makes using that computer somewhat complicated!

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Word Ingredients
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com- thoroughly
plic fold
-ate make something have a certain quality
-ed having a particular state

Something which is complicated is so “thoroughly folded” up that it is very difficult to “unfold” its meaning or solution.

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Star Trek This is one complicated card game!
Complicated

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Complicated

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complication n a difficulty that arises in a situation
complicate v to make things more difficult to do or understand