Meaning of COMPLEX in English

COMPLEX

transcription, транскрипция: [ kɒmpleks ]

The adjective is pronounced /kəmpleks/ in American English.

( complexes)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

Something that is complex has many different parts, and is therefore often difficult to understand.

...in-depth coverage of today’s complex issues.

...a complex system of voting.

...her complex personality.

...complex machines.

= complicated

≠ simple

ADJ

2.

In grammar, a complex sentence contains one or more subordinate clauses as well as a main clause. Compare compound .

ADJ : ADJ n

3.

A complex is a group of buildings designed for a particular purpose, or one large building divided into several smaller areas.

...plans for constructing a new stadium and leisure complex.

...a complex of offices and flats.

N-COUNT : usu with supp

4.

If someone has a complex about something, they have a mental or emotional problem relating to it, often because of an unpleasant experience in the past.

I have never had a complex about my height.

...a deranged attacker, driven by a persecution complex.

N-COUNT

see also guilt complex , inferiority complex

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.