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COMPLICATE, verb transitive

1. Literally, to interweave; to fold and twist together. Hence, to make complex; to involve; to entangle; to unite or connect mutually or intimately, as different things or parts; followed by with.

Our offense against God hath been complicated with injury to men.

So we say, a complicated disease; a complicated affair.

Commotion in the parts may complicate and dispose them after the manner requisite to make them stick.

2. To make intricate.

COMPLICATE, adjective

1. Complex; composed of two or more parts united.

Through the particular actions of war are complicate in fact, yet they are separate and distinct in right.

2. In botany, folded together, as the valves of the glume or chaff in some grasses.