verb (used with object), e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing.
verb (used without object), e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing.
Origin of elaborate
Related Words for elaboratescomment, deck, expatiate, refine, polish, complicate, develop, particularize, explain, ornament, enlarge, devise, specify, garnish, improve, evolve, embellish, clarify, produce, unfold
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Historical Examples of elaborates
The behaviour in hot water confirms and elaborates the classification.Animal Proteins
Hugh Garner Bennett
He elaborates it delightfully, so that people may forget he has spoken the truth.Oscar Wilde
James elaborates this thesis with his usual resourcefulness and skill.Religion and Science
John Charlton Hardwick
He bases his rules upon those of Professor Bain, elaborates these, and adds some equally good ones.Your Mind and How to Use It
William Walker Atkinson
With an ironical pretence of rendering deserved homage to poverty, he elaborates the important part it plays in the social scheme.Paris and the Social Revolution
Alvan Francis Sanborn
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.