Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: noun, adjective

Definitions: (noun) A complex is a psychologically based dislike or fear of a particular thing. (noun) A complex is a group of buildings with a common purpose, such as a university or military base. (adjective) If something is complex, it has lots of parts or pieces, or is difficult to understand.

Examples: (noun) My friend developed a complex about having dirt on his hands. (noun) They work in the office complex next to the park. (adjective) A complex problem that we face today is poverty, especially in Africa. (adjective) He has constructed a complex computer system to translate between any languages.

Synonyms: adjectives: complicated.

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