Complex vs. Complicated

Complex vs. Complicated — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Complex and Complicated

Complexadjective

Consisting of interconnected or interwoven parts; composite

complex equipment with multiple components.

Complicatedadjective

Containing intricately combined or involved parts.

Complexadjective

Composed of two or more units

a complex carbohydrate.

Complicatedadjective

Not easy to understand or analyze because of being intricate

a complicated personality.

Complexadjective

Difficult to understand for being intricate or involved; complicated

a complex problem.

Complicatedadjective

Difficult or convoluted.

It seems this complicated situation will not blow over soon.

Complexadjective

Consisting of at least one bound form. Used of a word.

Complicatedadjective

(biology) Folded longitudinally (as in the wings of certain insects).

Complexadjective

Consisting of an independent clause and at least one other independent or dependent clause. Used of a sentence.

Complicatedverb

simple past tense and past participle of complicate

The process of fixing the car engine was complicated by the lack of tools.

Complexnoun

A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts

a complex of cities and suburbs.the military-industrial complex.

Complicatedadjective

difficult to analyze or understand;

a complicated problemcomplicated Middle East politics

Complexnoun

A building or group of buildings used for a single purpose

a sports complex.

Complexnoun

In psychoanalysis, a group of related, often repressed ideas and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of thought, feelings, and behavior.

Complexnoun

An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear

has a complex about his weight.

Complexnoun

(Medicine) The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs of a disease or disorder that forms a syndrome.

Complexadjective

Made up of multiple parts; composite; not simple.

a complex being; a complex idea

Complexadjective

Not simple, easy, or straightforward; complicated.

Complexadjective

(mathematics) Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is a square root of −1.

complex function

Complexadjective

(geometry) A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.

Complexnoun

A problem. en

Complexnoun

A network of interconnected systems.

military-industrial complex

Complexnoun

A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.

Complexnoun

An assemblage of related things; a collection.

Complexnoun

(psychology) A psychological dislike or fear of a particular thing.

Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.

Complexnoun

An organized cluster of thunderstorms.

Complexnoun

(chemistry) A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.

Complexnoun

(math) A complex number.

Complexverb

To form a complex with another substance

Complexverb

(transitive) To complicate.

Complexnoun

a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts;

the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town

Complexnoun

a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated

Complexnoun

(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior

Complexnoun

a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

Complexadjective

complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts;

a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melodya complex mass of diverse laws and customs