Definition of intricate in English:



  • Very complicated or detailed.

    ‘an intricate network of canals’
    • ‘Even more seriously, this is a play full of the most intricate, knotty, compacted language.’
    • ‘The intricate detail and structure of this miniscule world is breathtaking.’
    • ‘It sounds a bit dull when I say it like that, but it was an enormously complex and intricate piece of work.’
    • ‘I have read about the magic of Solomon, and it seems very complicated and intricate to me.’
    • ‘The country has an intricate network of railroads and an even denser web of bicycle paths.’
    • ‘It turned into five weeks' hard labour as we unravelled the intricate rhythms and built the complex set.’
    • ‘Another room featured a team of a dozen girls who were hard at work doing some intricate weaving.’
    • ‘All this really means of course is that if someone wants to find out about you in intricate detail they will be able to.’
    • ‘The slow section for the four leading dancers is intricate and complex.’
    • ‘An unusual and attractive feature of the bathroom is a fireplace with intricate detail.’
    • ‘It is so complex and intricate that it relies on the full cooperation and participation of all its members.’
    • ‘I seem to remember my dreams in unusually intricate detail and twice as often as most people.’
    • ‘In this way, she has created a time machine of the most intricate Victorian detail.’
    • ‘The plot is not especially complex, but there are some intricate twists and a few surprises.’
    • ‘He was himself a batik designer and his love of detail and intricate design is apparent in his artwork.’
    • ‘He says there is a difficult and intricate question about whether there was a duty of care in law.’
    • ‘There are some enticing snippets of intricate detail but these are too few and far between.’
    • ‘The arrangements are intricate without being fussy or complicated for the sake of it.’
    • ‘Our own sexuality is far more complex and intricate and can take far longer to understand.’
    • ‘That quite complex and intricate work had to be done so that those matters could be put down in the right order.’
    complex, complicated, convoluted, tangled, entangled, ravelled, twisted, knotty, maze-like, labyrinthine, winding, serpentine, circuitous, sinuous
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Late Middle English: from Latin intricat- ‘entangled’, from the verb intricare, from in- ‘into’ + tricae ‘tricks, perplexities’.