- 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
Related Words for elaboratingcomment, deck, expatiate, refine, polish, complicate, develop, particularize, explain, ornament, enlarge, devise, specify, garnish, improve, evolve, embellish, clarify, produce, unfold
Examples from the Web for elaborating
Contemporary Examples of elaborating
Elaborating, he said that in the past his view of capitalism was it would “only take money” and then there was “exploitation.”At American Enterprise Institute, NeoCons Say ‘Hello, Dalai’
February 21, 2014
“Kari Ann Peniche popped,” Weintraub said, elaborating on his theory.The D-List's Svengali
March 10, 2010
I think he did the right thing by not elaborating about the future of his marriage.Four Exes on Tiger
February 19, 2010
Historical Examples of elaborating
He had been elaborating dangers and defences, expecting the worst, rehearsing his best.Lord Jim
Combining and elaborating in order to give Dot a nasty one on the knee-cap.If Winter Don't
The hour that he spent in elaborating it passed like five minutes.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
Other forms are elaborating in the mysteries of eternal matter.A Night in the Luxembourg
Remy De Gourmont
We are elaborating the theory of the Japanese people, and we can't agree.From Sea to Sea
- 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.