[ adjective ih-lab-er-it; verb ih-lab-uh-reyt ]
/ adjective ɪˈlæb ər ɪt; verb ɪˈlæb əˌreɪt /
verb (used with object), e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing.
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.
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Origin of elaborate
SYNONYMS FOR elaborate
synonym study for elaborate
2. Elaborate, labored, studied apply to that which is worked out in great detail. That which is elaborate is characterized by great, sometimes even excessive, minuteness of detail: elaborate preparations for a banquet. That which is labored is marked by excessive, often forced or uninspired, effort: a labored style of writing. That which is studied is accomplished with care and deliberation, and is done purposely, sometimes even having been rehearsed: a studied pose.
OTHER WORDS FROM elaborate
e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverbe·lab·o·rate·ness, noune·lab·o·ra·tive, adjectivee·lab·o·ra·tor, noun
non·e·lab·o·rate, adjectivenon·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverbnon·e·lab·o·rate·ness, nounnon·e·lab·o·rat·ing, adjectivenon·e·lab·o·ra·tive, adjectivequa·si-e·lab·o·rate, adjectivequa·si-e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverbself-e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjectivesu·per·e·lab·o·rate, adjectivesu·per·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverbsu·per·e·lab·o·rate·ness, nounun·e·lab·o·rate, adjectiveun·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverbun·e·lab·o·rate·ness, nounun·e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjectivewell-e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for elaborate
Ask your child to recall a memorable experience, then follow up with “elaborative questions.”The Secrets of Happy Families: Bruce Feiler’s Tips for Parenting|Bruce Feiler|March 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for elaborate
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
Derived forms of elaborate
elaborately, adverbelaborateness, nounelaboration, nounelaborative (ɪˈlæbərətɪv), adjective
Word Origin for elaborate
C16: from Latin ēlabōrāre to take pains, from labōrāre to toil
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