a <sprawling> and murkily understood digital conglomerate

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NewAmerica

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Does "sprawling" here mean "unruly"?

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Alibaba, a sprawling and murkily understood digital conglomerate built around e-commerce, has made Jack Ma one of the richest men in China, with a fortune valued at nearly $30 billion. And that success has rocketed him to prominence as arguably the first Chinese executive who’s an easily recognizable figure on the global stage.

Source: Fortune
 
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    I would say that sprawling here implies that the conglomerate is messily spread out/scattered in that it consists of many [dubious?] operations in many different sectors.
     

    kentix

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    English - U.S.
    Not purposely unruly but potentially difficult to manage in the long run.
     
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