elaborate
I. adjective Etymology: Latin elaboratus, from past participle of elaborare to work out, acquire by labor, from e- + laborare to work — more at laboratory Date: 1592 1. planned or carried out with great care <
took elaborate precautions
>
2. marked by complexity, fullness of detail, or ornateness <
elaborate prose
>
elaborately adverbelaborateness noun II. verb (-rated; -rating) Date: 1611 transitive verb 1. to produce by labor 2. to build up (as complex organic compounds) from simple ingredients 3. to work out in detail ; develop <
elaborate a theory
>
intransitive verb 1. to become elaborate 2. to expand something in detail <
would you care to elaborate on that statement
>
elaboration nounelaborative adjective

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  • Elaborate — E*lab o*rate, a. [L. elaboratus, p. p. of elaborare to work out; e out + laborare to labor, labor labor. See {Labor}.] Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elaborate — E*lab o*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Elaborated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Elaborating}.] 1. To produce with labor [1913 Webster] They in full joy elaborate a sigh, Young. [1913 Webster] 2. To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labor and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elaborate — [adj] intricate; involved busy, careful, complex, complicated, decorated, detailed, elegant, embellished, exact, extensive, extravagant, fancy, fussy, garnished, highly wrought, high tech*, imposing, knotty, labored, labyrinthine, luxurious, many …   New thesaurus

  • elaborate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ involving many carefully arranged parts; detailed and complicated. ► VERB 1) develop or present in detail. 2) (elaborate on) add more detail to (something already said). DERIVATIVES elaborately adverb elaborateness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • elaborate — I adjective baroque, beautified, bedecked, complex, complicated, daedal, decorated, deluxe, detailed, developed minutely, done with thoroughness, elaboratus, embellished, executed with exactness, fancy, festooned, flamboyant, flashy, garnished,… …   Law dictionary

  • elaborate — vb *unfold, evolve, develop, perfect Analogous words: *expand, amplify, dilate: enlarge, augment (see INCREASE): heighten, enhance (see INTENSIFY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • elaborate — [ē lab′ə rit, ilab′ər it; ] for v. [, ē lab′ə rit, i lab′ə rāt΄] adj. [L elaboratus, pp. of elaborare, to work out, labor greatly < e , out + laborare < labor, LABOR] 1. worked out carefully; developed in great detail 2. highly wrought or… …   English World dictionary

  • elaborate — 01. A Japanese wedding can be a fairly [elaborate] ceremony involving a number of different costume changes. 02. We made a really [elaborate] five course dinner for my grandfather s 100th birthday. 03. The student gave his teacher an [elaborate]… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • elaborate — elaborates, elaborating, elaborated (The adjective is pronounced [[t]ɪlæ̱bərət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]ɪlæ̱bəreɪt[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use elaborate to describe something that is very complex because it has a lot of… …   English dictionary

  • elaborate — I UK [ɪˈlæb(ə)rət] / US adjective ** very detailed and complicated The government s new healthcare plan is the most elaborate yet. a) used about something that is more complicated than is practical or necessary I took no notice of John s… …   English dictionary

  • elaborate — elaborately, adv. elaborateness, n. elaborative, adj. elaborator, n. adj. /i lab euhr it/; v. /i lab euh rayt /, adj., v., elaborated, elaborating. adj. 1. worked out with great care and nicety of detail; executed with great minuteness: elaborate …   Universalium

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