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Definition 1: a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for complex in the sense of this definition

(complex is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

(... is a kind of complex ) a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed

(... is a kind of complex ) buildings for carrying on industrial labor

"they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"

(... is a kind of complex ) building complex in a continuous row along a road

Definition 2: a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where complex or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for complex in the sense of this definition

(complex is a kind of ...) all of something including all its component elements or parts

"Europe considered as a whole" "the whole of American literature"

(... is a kind of complex ) a composite of mixed origin

"the vice-presidency is a hybrid of administrative and legislative offices"

(... is a kind of complex ) a complex of concurrent things

"every word has a syndrome of meanings"

Definition 3: (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior - [noun denoting feeling]

(complex is a kind of ...) the experiencing of affective and emotional states

"she had a feeling of euphoria" "he had terrible feelings of guilt" "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"

(... is a kind of complex ) a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved

(... is a kind of complex ) a complex of females; sexual attraction to the father

(... is a kind of complex ) a sense of personal inferiority arising from conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated

(complex belongs to category ...) a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud

"his physician recommended psychoanalysis"

Definition 4: a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for complex in the sense of this definition

(complex is a kind of ...) (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

(... is a kind of complex ) a complex consisting of an organic base in association with hydrogen chloride

Definition 5: complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where complex or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(complex is similar to ...) becoming more intricate or complex

"a thickening plot"

(complex is similar to ...) having many parts or aspects

"the multiplex problem of drug abuse"

(complex is similar to ...) involving or depending on several factors or causes (especially pertaining to a condition or disease resulting from the interaction of many genes)

(complex is similar to ...) resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity

"a labyrinthine network of tortuous footpaths"

(complex is similar to ...) having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate

"intricate lacework"

(complex is similar to ...) linked or locked closely together as by dovetailing

(complex is similar to ...) extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'

(complex is similar to ...) complex and ingenious in design or function

"the daedal hand of nature"

(complex is similar to ...) consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts

"soap is a compound substance" "housetop is a compound word" "a blackberry is a compound fruit"

(complex is similar to ...) consisting of separate interconnected parts

(complex is similar to ...) difficult to analyze or understand

"a complicated problem" "complicated Middle East politics" "he's more complex than he seems on the surface"

(complex is similar to ...) composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony

"coral is a colonial organism"

(complex is similar to ...) highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

"the Byzantine tax structure" "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship" "convoluted legal language" "convoluted reasoning" "the plot was too involved" "a knotty problem" "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering" "Oh, what a tangled web we weave" "tortuous legal procedures" "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"

(complex is similar to ...) capable of being partitioned

(means also ...) composed of more than one part

"compound leaves are composed of several lobes" "compound flower heads"

(means also ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

(... are attributes of complex) the quality of being intricate and compounded

"he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers"

Definition 6: difficult to analyze or understand - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where complex or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a complicated problem
  • complicated Middle East politics
  • he's more complex than he seems on the surface

Synonyms for complex in the sense of this definition

(complex is similar to ...) 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"

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