She had prepared a very elaborate meal.


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(1) She had prepared a very elaborate meal.
I don't understand the collocation "elaborate meal".

All possible meanings I could think up for this sentence:
(a) It was very difficult to be preparing that meal.
(b) The meal consisted of a great deal of dishes.

Does (1) mean (a) or (b) or (a)&(b) together?

  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Without any context, we can't say for sure what was elaborate about the meal, but your guesses are reasonable and not mutually exclusive.(Note that this type of problem is a good reason to avoid choosing your example sentences from dictionary definitions.)
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