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.’
    • ‘I seem to remember my dreams in unusually intricate detail and twice as often as most people.’
    • ‘There are some enticing snippets of intricate detail but these are too few and far between.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The intricate detail and structure of this miniscule world is breathtaking.’
    • ‘An unusual and attractive feature of the bathroom is a fireplace with intricate detail.’
    • ‘The plot is not especially complex, but there are some intricate twists and a few surprises.’
    • ‘It is so complex and intricate that it relies on the full cooperation and participation of all its members.’
    • ‘It sounds a bit dull when I say it like that, but it was an enormously complex and intricate piece of work.’
    • ‘He was himself a batik designer and his love of detail and intricate design is apparent in his artwork.’
    • ‘In this way, she has created a time machine of the most intricate Victorian detail.’
    • ‘Another room featured a team of a dozen girls who were hard at work doing some intricate weaving.’
    • ‘That quite complex and intricate work had to be done so that those matters could be put down in the right order.’
    • ‘Our own sexuality is far more complex and intricate and can take far longer to understand.’
    • ‘He says there is a difficult and intricate question about whether there was a duty of care in law.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It turned into five weeks' hard labour as we unravelled the intricate rhythms and built the complex set.’
    • ‘The arrangements are intricate without being fussy or complicated for the sake of it.’
    complex, complicated, convoluted, tangled, entangled, ravelled, twisted, knotty, maze-like, labyrinthine, winding, serpentine, circuitous, sinuous
    elaborate, ornate, detailed
    byzantine, daedalian, gordian, involved, mixed up, difficult, hard
    involute, involuted
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Late Middle English: from Latin intricat- entangled from the verb intricare, from in- into + tricae tricks, perplexities.