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Meaning of INTRICATE

Pronunciation:  'intrukit

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"

INTRICATE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: Byzantine, complex, convoluted, involved, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled, tortuous



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"tri*cate\, a. [L. intricatus, p. p. of intricare
    to entangle, perplex. Cf. {Intrigue}, {Extricate}.]
    Entangled; involved; perplexed; complicated; difficult to
    understand, follow, arrange, or adjust; as, intricate
    machinery, labyrinths, accounts, plots, etc.
          His style was fit to convey the most intricate business
          to the understanding with the utmost clearness.
          The nature of man is intricate.          --Burke.
    Syn: {Intricate}, {Complex}, {Complicated}.
    Usage: A thing is complex when it is made up of parts; it is
           complicated when those parts are so many, or so
           arranged, as to make it difficult to grasp them; it is
           intricate when it has numerous windings and confused
           involutions which it is hard to follow out. What is
           complex must be resolved into its parts; what is
           complicated must be drawn out and developed; what is
           intricate must be unraveled.
  2. \In"tri*cate\, v. t.
    To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing. [Obs.]
          It makes men troublesome, and intricates all wise
          discourses.                              --Jer. Taylor.
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