complex

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Complex is on the Academic Word List.

Pronunciation[change]

adjective
  • enPR: kəmplĕks' or kŏm'plĕks
  • (UK) IPA (key): /kəmˈplɛks/ or /ˈkɒmplɛks/, SAMPA: /k@m"plEks/ or /"kQmplEks/
  • (US) IPA (key): /kəmˈplɛks/ or /ˈkɑmplɛks/, SAMPA: /k@m"plEks>/ or /"kAmplEks/
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noun

Adjective[change]

Positive
complex

Comparative
more complex

Superlative
most complex

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Complex is on the Academic Vocabulary List.
  1. If something is complex, it has lots of parts or pieces, or is difficult to understand.
    He has constructed a complex computer system to send translated messages between humans and dolphins.
    A complex problem that we face today is poverty, especially in Africa.

Noun[change]

Singular
complex

Plural
complexes

  1. A problem.
  2. A group of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.
  3. A psychologically based dislike or fear of a particular thing.
    Jim has a complex about working for a woman boss.
  4. A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.
  5. (chemistry) A structure with a central atom or molecule that has a weak connection to atoms or molecules around it.

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