Meaning of “complicated” in the English Dictionary

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"complicated" in British English

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uk /ˈkɒm.plɪ.keɪ.tɪd/ us /ˈkɑːm.plə.keɪ.t̬ɪd/

B1 involving a lot of different parts, in a way that is difficult to understand:

complicated instructions
I had to fill in this really complicated form.
The rules are rather complicated to follow.
The relationship is a bit complicated. He's my mother's cousin's daughter's child.

More examples

  • His lecture was complicated and difficult to follow.
  • Our lawyer guided us through the more complicated questions on the form.
  • A complicated system of sewers runs under the city.
  • The road system was so complicated that we had to stop several times to find our bearings.
  • Your conclusion is good, but the final sentence is too long and complicated.

(Definition of “complicated” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"complicated" in American English

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us /ˈkɑm·plɪˌkeɪ·t̬ɪd/

having many parts that are organized in a way that may be difficult to understand:

a complicated machine/process
He gave me directions, but they were so complicated I got lost.

(Definition of “complicated” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)