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complicateverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɒm.plɪ.keɪt/  us   /ˈkɑːm.plə.keɪt/
C1 to make something more ​difficult to ​deal with, do, or ​understand: It will only complicate the ​situation if we ​invite his ​oldgirlfriend as well. The ​rescueoperation has been complicated by ​badweather. These new ​rules have complicated the ​taxsystemevenfurther.
If one ​illness complicates another ​illness, it makes the other ​illnessworse: The ​breathingproblem has now been complicated by a ​chestinfection.
(Definition of complicate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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complicateverb [T]

 us   /ˈkɑm·plɪˌkeɪt/
to make something more ​difficult to ​deal with or do: The ​rescueoperation was complicated by ​badweather. His ​recovery was complicated by his ​generallypoorcondition.
(Definition of complicate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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