1 : deprived of native or original simplicity: such as
a : highly complicated or developed : complex sophisticated electronic devices
b : having a refined knowledge of the ways of the world cultivated especially through wide experience a sophisticated lady
2 : devoid of grossness: such as
a : finely experienced and aware a sophisticated columnist
b : intellectually appealing a sophisticated novel
Puck's mix of casual and sophisticated elements has become the most prevalent style of L.A. dining today. — Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Mar. 2009 Sophisticated investors took Moody's and S&P's word for it, and it turned out that the agencies didn't know what they were doing. — Andy Serwer et al., Time, 29 Sept. 2008 "These students want the amenities they grew up with at home—their own rooms, their own baths, along with some of the finer things in life. They're a more sophisticated consumer." — Camille Sweeney, New York Times Real Estate Magazine, Spring 2007 Sonar devices can locate an enemy's sophisticated, almost-silent diesel submarines by, ironically, making a deafening noise—sometimes above 230 decibels, as loud as a Saturn V rocket blasting off. — Dick Russell, Mother Jones, March & April 2006 She was a sophisticated and well-traveled woman. a swank and sophisticated restaurant Her knitting technique is more sophisticated than mine.
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One clear consequence of the tightening US border and the growing perils getting there is that more and more desperate families are turning to increasingly sophisticated smuggling operations to get relatives into the United States. — Nicholas Kulish, BostonGlobe.com, "Desperation led migrant to face perils, and price, of smuggling," 1 July 2018 The Argus Leader points to Noem’s savvy campaigning and sophisticated GOTV operation as the reasons for her big victory. — NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: About last night," 6 June 2018 Turla, the Russian group, is a sophisticated hacking operation that has long sought high-level, diplomatic intelligence. — Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "South Korea Fends Off Chinese, Russian Cyberattacks, U.S. Researcher sophisticated fashion definition pictures Says," 5 June 2018 Kaczynski’s bombs were handcrafted, impossible to trace, and became more sophisticated and deadly with time. — William Finnegan, Smithsonian, "When the Unabomber Was Arrested, One of the Longest Manhunts in FBI History Was Finally Over," 18 May 2018 That represents a potential land grab for casinos, but also for online sports betting platforms that have built sophisticated operations overseas. — Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Sports Betting Revolution Will Be Muted Online," 15 May 2018 Gary Singer, a real estate lawyer in Fort Lauderale who writes a column for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, says this alleged theft ring appeared far more sophisticated than other defendants from cases from years ago. — Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Seven accused of taking homes worth million from the living and the dead," 9 May 2018 In the 1990s, for example, England midfielders David Platt and Paul Ince both became more technically and tactically sophisticated at Sampdoria and Inter respectively. — SI.com, "FanView: Why Man City's John Stones May Need to Leave the Premier League to Fulfil His Potential," 26 Apr. 2018 Larger, more sophisticated operations dealing in bigger volumes of drugs took control. — Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "The silent fallout of the opioid epidemic? Meth.," 30 Mar. 2018
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