When you say a place is "complicated", what does it mean?

When I hear the word "complicated" I think of problem that is hard to solve, a place like maze, situation that requires lots of explanations.

But I see some people use word "complicated" to describe a place that is so crowded and chaotic.

For example, somebody said a library was so complicated because of too many visitors, and I thought it sounded awkward

Can word "complicated" also be used as adjectives like chaotic?

  • You should add some example questions to describe the usages you intend.
    – user3169
    Sep 10, 2018 at 21:59
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    – Em.
    Sep 15, 2018 at 6:58

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You are right! 'Complicated' does mean that it is difficult to understand. That said, we can have a complicated problem, puzzle, sum, and so on. I've never come across complicated place to mean crowded.

But yes, it can mean chaotic (but then 'chaotic' is again difficult to tackle/understand). Thus, many authors call our 'world,' a complicated place.

  • Our world is a complicated place because of many troubles and problems associated with it right? Thank you as always!
    – MAT
    Sep 12, 2018 at 1:02

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