intricate

  • 1 Intricate — In tri*cate, a. [L. intricatus, p. p. of intricare to entangle, perplex. Cf. {Intrigue}, {Extricate}.] Entangled; involved; perplexed; complicated; difficult to understand, follow, arrange, or adjust; as, intricate machinery, labyrinths, accounts …

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  • 2 intricate — [in′tri kit] adj. [L intricatus, pp. of intricare, to entangle, perplex, embarrass < in , in + tricae, vexations: see TRICK] 1. hard to follow or understand because full of puzzling parts, details, or relationships [an intricate problem] 2.… …

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  • 3 Intricate — In tri*cate, v. t. To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It makes men troublesome, and intricates all wise discourses. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 intricate — I adjective complex, complicated, delicate, difficult, elaborate, involved, tangled, tricky II index complex, compound, elaborate, incomprehensible …

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  • 5 intricate — early 15c., from L. intricatus entangled, pp. of intricare to entangle, perplex, embarrass, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + tricae (pl.) perplexities, hindrances, toys, tricks, of uncertain origin (Cf. extricate). Related: Intricately …

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  • 6 intricate — complicated, involved, *complex, knotty Analogous words: perplexing, puzzling, mystifying, bewildering (see PUZZLE vb): tortuous (see WINDING): difficult, *hard, arduous Contrasted words: *easy, simple, light, smooth, facile, effortless: obvious …

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  • 7 intricate — [adj] complicated, elaborate abstruse, baroque, Byzantine*, can of worms*, complex, convoluted, Daedal*, difficult, entangled, fancy, hard, high tech*, involved, labyrinthine, obscure, perplexing, rococo, sophisticated, tangled, tortuous, tricky; …

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  • 8 intricate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very complicated or detailed. DERIVATIVES intricately adverb. ORIGIN from Latin intricare entangle , from tricae tricks, puzzles …

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  • 9 intricate — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin intricatus, past participle of intricare to entangle, from in + tricae trifles, complications Date: 15th century 1. having many complexly interrelating parts or elements ; complicated < intricate… …

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  • 10 intricate — intricately, adv. intricateness, n. /in tri kit/, adj. 1. having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved: an intricate maze. 2. complex; complicated; hard to understand, work, or make: an intricate machine. [1375 1425; late ME <… …

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  • 11 intricate — 1. adjective /ˈɪn.trɪ.kət/lang=en having a great deal of fine detail or complexity The architecture of this clock is very intricate. 2. verb /ˈɪn.trɪ.kət/lang=en a) To become enmeshed or …

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  • 12 intricate — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ amazingly, highly, incredib …

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  • 13 intricate — in|tri|cate [ ıntrıkət ] adjective 1. ) very detailed in design or structure: an intricate pattern of birds and flowers an intricate tunnel system 2. ) very complicated and difficult to understand or learn ╾ in|tri|cate|ly adverb: intricately… …

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  • 14 intricate — [[t]ɪ̱ntrɪkət[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use intricate to describe something that has many small parts or details. ...intricate patterns and motifs. Ant: simple Derived words: intricately ADV GRADED ...intricately carved sculptures …

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  • 15 intricate — adjective intricate designs etched into the glass an intricate plot Syn: complex, complicated, convoluted, tangled, entangled, twisted; elaborate, ornate, detailed, baroque, delicate; involuted; bewildering, confusing, perplexing, labyrinthi …

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  • 16 intricate — UK [ˈɪntrɪkət] / US adjective 1) very detailed in design or structure an intricate pattern of birds and flowers an intricate tunnel system 2) very complicated and difficult to understand or learn Derived word: intricately adverb intricately… …

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  • 17 intricate — /ˈɪntrəkət / (say intruhkuht) adjective 1. perplexingly entangled or involved: a maze of intricate paths. 2. confusingly complex; complicated; hard to understand: an intricate machine. {late Middle English, from Latin intrīcātus, past participle …

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  • 18 intricate — in|tri|cate [ˈıntrıkıt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of intricare to mix up in a complicated way , from tricae small unimportant things, things that get in your way ] containing many small parts or details that all… …

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  • 19 intricate — adjective containing many small parts or details that all work or fit together: intricate patterns …

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  • 20 intricate — [ˈɪntrɪkət] adj very detailed in design or structure an intricate tunnel system[/ex] intricately adv …

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