July 12, 2011
- complex (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : composed of two or more parts b : consisting of a main clause and one or more subordinate clauses c : formed by union of simpler substances2 : having many parts, details, ideas, or functions often related in a complicated way
- How do you use it?
- Diane's grandmother thought that texting was too complex until she tried it and found out how easy it can be.
- Are you a word wiz?
Today's quiz is not complicated. Just pick out the synonym of "complex" in the list below."Complex," "intricate," "complicated," "involved," and "knotty" all mean having confusingly interrelated parts. "Complex" applies to the tangled result of combining a number of things, as in "a complex dance routine." "Intricate" describes an interlacing of parts that makes it nearly impossible to follow them separately, as in "a movie full of intricate plot twists." "Complicated" applies to something that is difficult to understand, solve, or explain, as in "a complicated set of instructions." "Involved" describes extreme complication and often disorder, as in "he gave a rambling, involved explanation." "Knotty" suggests complication and entanglement that make understanding or solving very difficult, as in "a knotty problem."