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.
- e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb
- e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun
- e·lab·o·ra·tive, adjective
- e·lab·o·ra·tor, noun
- non·e·lab·o·rate, adjective
- non·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb
- non·e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun
- non·e·lab·o·rat·ing, adjective
- non·e·lab·o·ra·tive, adjective
- qua·si-e·lab·o·rate, adjective
- qua·si-e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb
- self-e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjective
- su·per·e·lab·o·rate, adjective
- su·per·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb
- su·per·e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun
- un·e·lab·o·rate, adjective
- un·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb
- un·e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun
- un·e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjective
- well-e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjective
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How to use elaborate in a sentence
Like many recent trends, they found initial popularity among K-pop fans, who created elaborate digital collages of bands.The internet of protest is being built on single-page websites | Tanya Basu | August 27, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
There’s paradoxical thinking, or the elaborated social identity model.The UK tested a classic psychological tactic by paying 64 million restaurant bills | Olivia Goldhill | August 27, 2020 | Quartz
This is exactly our time as advertisers to elaborate on the challenges that our audience can overcome by using the product.Five great display and video advertising tactics to increase relevance and revenue in a cookie-less world | Anastasia-Yvoni Spiliopoulou | August 24, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
It is difficult to execute elaborate productions and remain socially distant.‘Dying to work’: With A-list talent sitting at home, publishers eye video collaboration opportunities with them | Max Willens | August 13, 2020 | Digiday
It might well mean data encryption, but the EDPC didn’t elaborate.
In an email exchange a friend said many had repeated this same succinct review but they could never elaborate.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist | Judnick Mayard | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A senior Iranian official in Pakistan later confirmed the strike took place, declining to elaborate.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hitchcock loved to tell stories, elaborate, complicated rough drafts for movies he would never make.
His most elaborate camera maneuvers seemed almost diabolical in their complexity.
And he tells Bob Boyle to start making sketches for the more elaborate sequences.
The same two impulses are said to lie at the root of the elaborate art of personal adornment developed by savages.Children's Ways | James Sully
The attempt at social change threatens a social revolution in which the whole elaborate mechanism would burst into fragments.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
It contained an elaborate account of all the comets recorded in history , down to the year 1665.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The menu was long, elaborate and imposing; equalled only by the toast list, which contained no less than sixteen separate toasts.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
In preparation for this event Ki Pak had made careful and elaborate arrangements.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for elaborate
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
- elaborately, adverb
- elaborateness, noun
- elaboration, noun
- elaborative (ɪˈlæbərətɪv), adjective
- elaborator, noun
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