[ adjective ih-lab-er-it; verb ih-lab-uh-reyt ]
/ adjective 瑟藞l忙b 蓹r 瑟t; verb 瑟藞l忙b 蓹藢re瑟t /
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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路lab路o路rat路ed, e路lab路o路rat路ing.
verb (used without object), e路lab路o路rat路ed, e路lab路o路rat路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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Origin of elaborate

First recorded in 1575鈥85; from Latin 膿lab艒r膩tus (past participle of 膿lab艒r膩re ) worked out, equivalent to 膿- intensive prefix + lab艒r- 鈥渨ork鈥 + -膩tus adjective suffix; see e-1, -ate1

synonym study for elaborate

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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British Dictionary definitions for elaborate


adjective (瑟藞l忙b蓹r瑟t)
planned or executed with care and exactness; detailed
marked by complexity, ornateness, or detail
verb (瑟藞l忙b蓹藢re瑟t)

Derived forms of elaborate

Word Origin for elaborate

C16: from Latin 膿lab艒r膩re to take pains, from lab艒r膩re to toil
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