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English definition of “sophisticated”

sophisticated

adjective  /səˈfɪs·tɪˌkeɪ·t̬ɪd/ us  
having an understanding of the world and its ways, so that you are not easily fooled, and having an understanding of people and ideas without making them seem simple: Sophisticated readers understood the book’s hidden meaning. If a way of thinking, a system, or a machine is sophisticated, it is complicated or made with great skill: sophisticated computer systems
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