complicar
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complicar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make difficult)
a. to complicate
Estábamos atascados en el lodo y, para colmo, la lluvia complicó la situación.We were stuck in mud and, to top it all off, the rain complicated the situation.
b. to make complicated
¡Mis cuñados siempre me complican la vida!My in-laws always make my life so complicated!
2. (to implicate)
a. to involve
El mafioso jamás complicó a su familia en sus negocios.The mobster never involved his family members in his business.
complicarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to become worse)
a. to become complicated
El paciente había empezado a mejorar cuando su cuadro se complicó con una neumonía.The patient had begun to improve when his condition became complicated with pneumonia.
4. (to get implicated)
a. to get involved
No me compliqué con los estudiantes que se drogaban.I didn't get involved with the students who used drugs.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to make complicated for oneself)
a. to make difficult for oneself
No te compliques la vida. Hay una solución mucho más fácil.Don't make life difficult for yourself. There's a much simpler solution.
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complicar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (dificultar)
a. to complicate
complicarle la vida a alguiento cause somebody a lot of trouble
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (problema)
a. to become complicated
3. (enfermedad)
a. to get worse
se están complicando las cosasthings are getting complicated
la reunión se complicó y terminamos a las oncecomplications arose at the meeting and we finished at eleven
¡no te compliques la vida!don't complicate matters (unnecessarily)!
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complicar
transitive verb
1 (gen) to complicate
2 (Jur) to involve; implicate;en in
pronominal verb
complicarse
1 (gen) to get complicated
complicarse la vida to make life difficult for o.s.
2
complicarse en algo to get involved o mixed up in sth
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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no hay que complicar la felicidad
no need to complicate happines
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