- 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 elaborated
One of the study's authors, Guohua Li, elaborated on the point in a February story in the Denver Post.The Truth About Driving While Stoned
June 12, 2014
He elaborated on the wellsprings of the tradition in an interview with me in 1989 for a Times-Picayune article.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
He elaborated on of the alternative plotlines that he and his team considered—and explained why they would never have worked.‘Homeland’ Creator: Why Brody Had to Die for the Show to Live, and What’s Next in Season 4
December 16, 2013
Later, in the question and answer session with reporters, he elaborated on the failures of the federal exchanges.It Wasn’t Broke, But Obama Fixed It Anyway
November 14, 2013
“In the place of guns and masks, this cybercrime organization used laptops and the Internet,” Lynch elaborated.The ATM Heist: How Did the ‘Casher’ Crew Do It?
May 11, 2013
They are said, though it is not easy to believe, to have been elaborated by way of Utopia.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
It happens that one of the oftenest-told anecdotes has been the least elaborated.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It was there that most of his theological treatises were elaborated and published.The Scottish Reformation
Alexander F. Mitchell
"The latest comer is always highest and wisest," he elaborated.The Devil's Asteroid
Manly Wade Wellman
Openwork in relief, when elaborated and minute in all its parts.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
- 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 elaborated
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.