One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an elaborate political system’
complicated, detailed, intricate, complex, involved, tortuous, convoluted, serpentine, tangled, knotty, confusing, bewildering, baffling
inextricable, entangled, impenetrable, Byzantine, Daedalian, Gordian
rare involute, involuted
2‘an elaborate plasterwork ceiling’
ornate, decorated, embellished, adorned, ornamented, fancy, over-elaborate, fussy, busy, ostentatious, extravagant, showy, baroque, rococo, florid, wedding-cake, gingerbread
informal flash, flashy
1‘both sides refused to elaborate on their reasons’
expand on, enlarge on, add to, flesh out, add flesh to, put flesh on the bones of, add detail to, expatiate on
supplement, reinforce, augment, extend, broaden, develop, fill out, embellish, enhance, amplify, refine, improve
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