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English definition of “sophisticated”

sophisticated

adjective     /səˈfɪstɪkeɪtɪd/
PERSON B2 well-educated and having experience of the world or knowledge of cultureExperienced
SYSTEM B2 A sophisticated machine or system is very advanced and works in a clever way: a sophisticated computer systemComplexityDifficult to understandMaking progress and advancingBecoming better
sophistication     /səˌfɪstɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun [U]
(Definition of sophisticated adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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