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elaborate

[ adjective ih-lab-er-it; verb ih-lab-uh-reyt ]
/ adjective ɪˈlæb ər ɪt; verb ɪˈlæb əˌreɪt /
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adjective

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.

verb (used with object), e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing.

verb (used without object), e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing.

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.

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el reno, el salvador, el segundo, el toro, el., elaborate, elaborated code, elaborately, elaboration, elaenia, elaeoptene

Origin of elaborate

1575–85; < Latin ēlabōrātus (past participle of ēlabōrāre) worked out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + labōr- work + -ātus -ate1
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Synonym study

2. Elaborate, labored, studied apply to that which is worked out in great detail. That which is elaborate is characterized by great, sometimes even excessive, minuteness of detail: elaborate preparations for a banquet. That which is labored is marked by excessive, often forced or uninspired, effort: a labored style of writing. That which is studied is accomplished with care and deliberation, and is done purposely, sometimes even having been rehearsed: a studied pose.
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elaborate


adjective (ɪˈlæbərɪt)

planned or executed with care and exactness; detailed
marked by complexity, ornateness, or detail

verb (ɪˈlæbəˌreɪt)

Derived Forms

Word Origin for elaborate

C16: from Latin ēlabōrāre to take pains, from labōrāre to toil
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