- 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 elaborate
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
December 29, 2014
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.
The shirts are comfortable and elaborate and the suits feel relaxed yet durable.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
Language was no barrier; just about every tongue on the planet was babbling away, caught up in the elaborate mystique of a cult.Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper
November 16, 2014
"Don't let me detain you," said Halbert, with an elaborate share of politeness.Brave and Bold
The preparations for our reception at Adelaide were most elaborate.Explorations in Australia
He read with pencil in hand, and he had an elaborate system of marking a book.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Sidney examined with some dismay the elaborate negligee garments in her hand.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And suddenly it dawned upon him that all this was an elaborate joke.The Secret Agent
- 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 elaborate
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.