a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
"the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"
complex, coordination compound(noun)
a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated
(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
building complex, complex(adj)
a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts
"a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
A collection of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base.
A psychologically based dislike or fear of a particular thing.
Jim has a real complex about working for a woman boss.
A thunderstorm that forms when two storm fronts collide.
A structure consisting of a central atom or molecule weakly connected to surrounding atoms or molecules.
To form a complex with another substance
Made up of multiple parts; intricate or detailed.
Not simple or straightforward.
Of a number, of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of 1.
A curve, polygon or other figure that crosses or intersects itself.
Origin: From complexe, from complexus, past participle of complecti, from com- and plectere. See complect.
composed of two or more parts; composite; not simple; as, a complex being; a complex idea
involving many parts; complicated; intricate
assemblage of related things; collection; complication
Origin: [L. complexus]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom′pleks, adj. composed of more than one, or of many parts: not simple: intricate: difficult.—n. a complex whole.—v.t. to complicate.—ns. Complex′edness, Com′plexness, Complex′ity, state of being complex: complication.—adv. Com′plexly.—n. Complex′us, a complicated system: a large muscle of the back, passing from the spine to the head. [L. complex—com, together, and root of plicāre, to fold. See Complicate.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'complex' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1404
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'complex' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2988
Rank popularity for the word 'complex' in Nouns Frequency: #1447
Rank popularity for the word 'complex' in Adjectives Frequency: #169
The numerical value of complex in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of complex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's the most complex -- going forward -- perhaps the most complex, important relationship that the United States has.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
I would rather have an inferiority complex and be pleasantly surprised than have a superiority complex and be rudely awakened.
Health care is incredibly complex. ... The growing number of older people with multi-morbidities are having very very complex trajectories through the health and social care system, we shouldn't underestimate the challenges.
Cockroaches are a simple animal, but they can reach a complex decision. So with little information, with little interactions, only knowing if I have a partner here or not, only with this information, they can make complex decisions.
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Translations for complex
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- معقد, مجمعArabic
- сложен, съставен, комплекс, образувам комплекс, труден, комплексенBulgarian
- complexCatalan, Valencian
- komplex, komplexníCzech
- περίπλοκος, πολύπλοκος, μιγαδικός, συγκρότημαGreek
- complicado, complejo, complexoSpanish
- rakennuskompleksi, kompleksi, kompleksi-, monimutkainenFinnish
- co-thoinnteScottish Gaelic
- ard-hroggalys, crampManx
- konplèksHaitian Creole
- բարդ, խճճված, կոմպլեքսArmenian
- complessare, complessoItalian
- 難解, コンプレックス, 入り組んだ, 複雑, 錯体, 複素Japanese
- manganga, whīwhiwhiMāori
- complex, ingewikkeldDutch
- kompleks, skomplikowany, złożony, zespolonyPolish
- complexo, composto, complicadoPortuguese
- комплексный, комплекс, сложный, составнойRussian
- komplex, invecklad, kompliceradSwedish
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