- 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 elaborateness
Historical Examples of elaborateness
According to the position of the family, should the elaborateness of entertainment be.The Etiquette of To-day
Edith B. Ordway
The elaborateness of the reception was greatly marred by a heavy rainfall.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer
For forty-five minutes it lasted, and Clancy was thrilled at its elaborateness.Find the Woman
Arthur Somers Roche
But the doctrine has of necessity some elaborateness, and asks a trifle of thought.
In the delicacy and elaborateness of its ornament it is the most splendid church in Italy.Fra Angelico
Jennie Ellis Keysor
- 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 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.