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
Examples from the Web for elaborative
Contemporary Examples of elaborative
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
March 3, 2013
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.