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so·phis·ti·cat·ed / səˈfistiˌkātid/ • adj. (of a machine, system, or technique) developed to a high degree of complexity: highly sophisticated computer systems. ∎  (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. ∎  having, 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. ∎  appealing to people with such knowledge of experience: a sophisticated restaurant.DERIVATIVES: so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly adv.