intricate

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin intricatus (past participle of intricare).

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Adjective[edit]

intricate (comparative more intricate, superlative most intricate)

  1. Having a great deal of fine detail or complexity.
    The architecture of this clock is very intricate.
    • Addison
      His style was fit to convey the most intricate business to the understanding with the utmost clearness.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “near-aissance.”
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Etymology 2[edit]

As the adjective; or by analogy with extricate

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪn.trɪ.keɪt/

Verb[edit]

intricate (third-person singular simple present intricates, present participle intricating, simple past and past participle intricated)

  1. (intransitive) To become enmeshed or entangled.
    • 1864 October 18, J.E. Freund, “How to Avoid the Use of Lint”, letter to the editor, in The New York Times (1864 October 23):
      [] washes off easily, without sticking or intricating into the wound.
  2. (transitive) To enmesh or entangle: to cause to intricate.
    • 1994 December 12, William Safire, “Avoid Dunkirk II” (essay), in The New York Times:
      But the British and French won't hear of that; they want to get their troops extricated and our ground troops intricated.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

intricate f pl

  1. feminine plural of intricato

Verb[edit]

intricate

  1. second-person plural present of intricare
  2. second-person plural imperative of intricare
  3. feminine plural past participle of intricare

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

intrīcāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of intrīcō