Definition of sophisticated in English:

sophisticated

Pronunciation /səˈfistəˌkādəd/ /səˈfɪstəˌkeɪdəd/

adjective

  • 1Having, revealing, or proceeding from a great deal of worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture.

    ‘a chic, sophisticated woman’
    ‘a young man with sophisticated tastes’
    • ‘They hadn't gone to college, and they saw Father Mark as a repository of knowledge and culture and sophisticated humor.’
    • ‘In Memphis, he has an experience that makes him realize that he is not as sophisticated or worldly as he thought: he meets a boy by chance on the road, and they come upon a jug of bootleg alcohol.’
    • ‘Readers of this blog are, by definition, sophisticated and worldly-wise individuals who know full well that major film studios do not read unsolicited screenplays.’
    • ‘They remind us of a time when our culture was sophisticated and full of elegance and beauty.’
    • ‘Without doubt, the foods of the world, to be found in Canada's larger cities, had a great hand in creating the modern Canadian - in the main, sophisticated and worldly.’
    • ‘Rich, worldly and sophisticated, he could have been the ideal husband for Gwendolen but feels compelled to crush her independent spirit and mould her into his perfect wife.’
    • ‘Think rumpled imprecision when it comes to fall's best-tressed heads; the look juxtaposes well with the season's more sophisticated fashions.’
    • ‘During the last century, Finland has reinvented itself as a highly sophisticated, socially urbane culture with the highest aspirations for design and for architecture.’
    • ‘Famous for both Oktoberfest and a sophisticated cultural scene, Munich considers itself a ‘Metropolis with a Heart.’’
    • ‘Civilizations ranging from the Canaanite to the Ottoman, have left their mark on an ever-growing, culturally rich and sophisticated city.’
    • ‘The party only exists in Allen's brain, as a memory or perhaps a fantasy, a crowd of cultured, moneyed, sophisticated, liberal-minded New Yorkers.’
    • ‘He probably learned more of the sophisticated high culture from listening to the public addresses of lawyers and ministers, especially the better sort.’
    • ‘That said, this is a very French affair - sophisticated, culturally eclectic, and exceptionally high-tech.’
    • ‘Even though they weren't the most sophisticated culture, or the most refined compared to, say, the Maya, the Aztecs were highly expressive.’
    • ‘He's the opposite of the sophisticated, cultured, world-weary foreign correspondent.’
    • ‘They seem unable to resist the temptation to express contempt and hostility for those less sophisticated and cultured than themselves.’
    • ‘Well, Los Angeles has always had a very sophisticated literary culture in relation to films and fiction.’
    • ‘Mexico possesses an extensive and sophisticated culinary culture, with a great variety of regional dishes.’
    • ‘We often will find the most sophisticated cultures being the most brutal.’
    • ‘His friends were Westerners for the most part, and though he was a sophisticated man and an artist with a broad range of interests, he was in many respects a regionalist, in the finest sense of that word.’
    worldly, worldly-wise, experienced, enlightened, cosmopolitan, knowledgeable
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    1. 1.1Appealing to people with worldly knowledge or experience.
      ‘a sophisticated restaurant’
      • ‘But most of all, people come here to eat. springing up on every corner are sophisticated restaurants serving exquisite food.’
      • ‘The low-ad loading and sophisticated playlist were hugely appealing, but it just wasn't a great money-spinner.’
      • ‘His philosophy is a simple, yet sophisticated restaurant with no clutter - somewhere to enjoy his food at a reasonable price.’
      • ‘On Sunday night, we dined at Ballarat's most sophisticated and exotic restaurant featuring a gorilla.’
      • ‘Today we see it on the menu of some fairly sophisticated restaurants.’
      • ‘Their many restaurants are sophisticated and serve dishes rivalling the best to be found in Europe.’
      • ‘But the local people loved the restaurant for it's sophisticated atmosphere, and elegant service.’
      • ‘And now the combination of fresh local produce and award-winning wine is drawing top chefs to the area's increasingly sophisticated restaurants.’
      • ‘I am sure that your honour will readily agree with me that the Nehru-collar suit is an elegant, sophisticated and dignified attire.’
      • ‘With his beautiful and sophisticated music, Diallo is a purveyor of West African heritage, but also makes use of the latest advances in technology to appeal equally to the head, the heart and the feet.’
      • ‘The local choir was joined by the Moy Singers of Ballina and Phil Landers had excelled herself with sophisticated and tasteful floral displays in the church.’
      • ‘Tastes was a multi-cultural restaurant, very sophisticated and yet casual at the same time.’
      • ‘Try combining different shapes and colors of tableware; assembled with restraint, an assortment can look beautiful and sophisticated.’
      • ‘This was an eveningwear line that was beautiful and sophisticated, a more grown-up version of the ready-to-wear collection.’
      • ‘The flats were regarded as sophisticated, even luxurious, and all for the reasonable rent of between £68 and £130 per year.’
      • ‘Conroy's rugs are not just luxurious, sophisticated accessories that bring style and warmth to the home, they're also truly unique.’
      • ‘Lovely, sophisticated dishes like this are a given at Aleutia.’
      • ‘The film is a sophisticated and æsthetically beautiful horror film.’
      • ‘This cover is sophisticated, with a gracefully limited color palette and simple fonts.’
  • 2(of a machine, system, or technique) developed to a high degree of complexity.

    ‘highly sophisticated computer systems’
    • ‘There would also be a vital need to control access to computer systems that were being used to develop sophisticated machines.’
    • ‘It's a new departure for politics in this country as political parties adopt the sophisticated marketing techniques of advertising to sell their brands to the widest possible audience.’
    • ‘In Edinburgh we had a sophisticated marketing system to work out who the audience was.’
    • ‘The Apache Longbow possesses a sophisticated navigation system that obtains a position confidence of less than 14 meters.’
    • ‘A future hope is that a more sophisticated classification system of the vocabulary of wine can match the knowledge of its drinkers.’
    • ‘The Incas were an advanced people who built fine cities and developed sophisticated farming methods.’
    • ‘Typically such offerings have included server engines, storage systems and sophisticated management tools to allocate and de-allocate resources in response to varying user demand.’
    • ‘How can you know what a sophisticated machine, or computer, is doing with the all the information, including votes, that's fed in?’
    • ‘Although nonhuman animals can develop highly sophisticated systems of social security, this isn't always the case.’
    • ‘At that time, genetic engineering techniques were not sophisticated enough to develop something substantial.’
    • ‘Big Indian vendors are overcoming this barrier through increasingly sophisticated marketing techniques.’
    • ‘They then use sophisticated marketing techniques and software programs to target those voters.’
    • ‘Corporations are now using more sophisticated marketing techniques to grab a child's attention and hold it, often for years.’
    • ‘The researchers are developing sophisticated systems to make this possible.’
    • ‘South Africa, with its developed manufacturing base, sophisticated infrastructure and large work force, is already favoured by the transnationals.’
    • ‘Indians had to labor hard for their food, and consequently they developed sophisticated systems of collection and cultivation.’
    • ‘Time is not external to us, something we can use more efficiently through sophisticated techniques of time management.’
    • ‘They practiced sophisticated techniques of construction that included stone-masonry.’
    • ‘The most sophisticated computer system will not lead to better care, unless caregivers are willing to act on the information.’
    • ‘Neurosurgeons still use this principle of decreasing the pressure within the skull by practising more sophisticated techniques.’
    advanced, highly developed, innovatory, trailblazing, revolutionary
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    1. 2.1(of a person or their thoughts, reactions, and understanding) aware of and able to interpret complex issues; subtle.
      ‘discussion and reflection are necessary for a sophisticated response to a text’
      • ‘In this sense, it suggested a sophisticated enemy, well aware of how modern wars are fought.’
      • ‘Senior citizens are among the most sophisticated people on this issue because they pay for drugs out of pocket.’
      • ‘But Goloku's teachings also carried a more subtle and sophisticated thought, under the simple morality of the precept.’
      • ‘Recent scholarship presents a much more subtle and sophisticated understanding of seventeenth-century mechanism.’
      • ‘Over the years I've come to the hard conclusion that even sophisticated people don't understand small risks.’
      • ‘Any complex, sophisticated thinker is unlikely to fit neatly into a single type, yet the types can still be helpful in mapping the field.’
      • ‘Citizens are sophisticated, and many understand financial concepts like lifecycle cost analysis, he says.’
      • ‘In fact, sociologists and historians have had - for at least a generation - a far more sophisticated understanding of modern Jews.’
      • ‘She had very limited knowledge of videomaking but a relatively sophisticated sense of identity issues.’
      • ‘There's definitely a user interface issue, because only the most sophisticated users are going to use anything that's complicated at all.’
      • ‘It requires huge amounts of money, sophisticated leaders and an intricate structure of command.’
      • ‘In the U.S., we are more subtle, we are more sophisticated.’
      • ‘It must be that advertising works, even on educated and sophisticated people.’
      • ‘However, a more sophisticated understanding of the biology of slowly replicating M. tuberculosis is necessary to develop such a strategy.’
      • ‘A more sophisticated understanding of power would focus on the ability of a state to control or influence its environment in situations that are not necessarily conflictual.’
      • ‘This ran through the responses of all groups, with a sophisticated understanding of the country's problems.’
      • ‘Because of these changes, competition is now firmly based on the firm's ability to meet the needs of cost-conscious, powerful and sophisticated customers in the most effective manner.’
      • ‘Indians understood the value of land and had a sophisticated and subtle understanding of the exchange of land and material goods.’
      • ‘They presuppose that students are sophisticated enough to look at a novel as an object in a given time and place, filled with all settings and vagaries of the particular time frame in which the novel occurs.’
      • ‘Von Frank tells the story better than any film could, drawing on his sophisticated understanding of how different kinds of rhetoric can aid axes and muscles in effecting social change.’

Pronunciation

sophisticated

/səˈfistəˌkādəd/ /səˈfɪstəˌkeɪdəd/