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elaborate

adjective     /ɪˈlæb.ər.ət/ US  /-ɚ-/
C2 containing a lot of careful detail or many detailed parts: You want a plain blouse to go with that skirt - nothing too elaborate. They're making the most elaborate preparations for the wedding. He came out with such an elaborate excuse that I didn't quite believe him.ComplexityDifficult to understandDetailed and careful elaborately     /-li/ adverb It was the most elaborately decorated cake - all sugar flowers and bows.ComplexityDifficult to understandDetailed and careful
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