- worked out with great care and nicety of detail; executed with great minuteness: elaborate preparations; elaborate care.
- marked by intricate and often excessive detail; complicated; ornate.
- to work out carefully or minutely; develop to perfection.
- to add details to; expand.
- to produce or develop by labor.
- Physiology. to convert (food, plasma, etc.) by means of chemical processes into a substance more suitable for use within the body.
- to add details in writing, speaking, etc.; give additional or fuller treatment (usually followed by on or upon): to elaborate upon a theme or an idea.
Origin of elaborate
Examples from the Web for elaborately
Over many pages, Proust vividly mimics the elaborately circumlocutious mode of speech of the elderly diplomat.David's Book Club: Within a Budding Grove
July 15, 2012
Like the elaborately choreographed escape from default, it was a signal moment of Washington unreality, more farce than tragedy.Washington’s Earthquake Farce
August 24, 2011
His worship was elaborately civil but obviously troubled in mind.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
The humour is the same, though often too elaborately expressed.The Letters of Robert Burns
The front of the skirt and of the sleeves are elaborately trimmed with puffings of satin.The Group
She was elaborately gowned and furred, and something about her creaked when she walked.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Her Majesty is to be congratulated," said Sir Oliver elaborately.The Sea-Hawk
- planned or executed with care and exactness; detailed
- marked by complexity, ornateness, or detail
- (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to add information or detail (to an account); expand (upon)
- (tr) to work out in detail; develop
- (tr) to make more complicated or ornate
- (tr) to produce by careful labour; create
- (tr) physiol to change (food or simple substances) into more complex substances for use in the body
Word Origin and History for elaborately
1590s, "produced by labor," from Latin elaboratus, past participle of elaborare "to exert oneself" (see elaboration). Meaning "very detailed" is from 1620s.
c.1600, "to build up from simple elements," from Latin elaboratus, past participle of elaborare (see elaboration). Meaning "to work out in detail" is attested from 1610s. Related: Elaborated; elaborating.