elaborate [ adjective ih- lab-er-it; verb ih- lab- uh-reyt] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for elaborate on Thesaurus.com 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. 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. Origin of elaborate 1575–85;
(past participle of
) worked out, equivalent to
ē- e- 1
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun e·lab·o·ra·tive, adjective e·lab·o·ra·tor, noun non·e·lab·o·rate, adjective non·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb non·e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun non·e·lab·o·rat·ing, adjective non·e·lab·o·ra·tive, adjective qua·si-e·lab·o·rate, adjective qua·si-e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb self-e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjective su·per·e·lab·o·rate, adjective su·per·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb su·per·e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun un·e·lab·o·rate, adjective un·e·lab·o·rate·ly, adverb un·e·lab·o·rate·ness, noun un·e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjective well-e·lab·o·rat·ed, adjective Synonym study 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.
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Examples from the Web for well-elaborated Historical Examples A month passed in concluding the details of this well-elaborated plan. Their own histories would be closely inquired into; the well-elaborated scheme might end in failure after all. British Dictionary definitions for well-elaborated 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 elaborately, adverb elaborateness, noun elaboration, noun elaborative ( ɪˈlæbərətɪv), adjective elaborator, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin
ēlabōrāre to take pains, from labōrāre to toil
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Word Origin and History for well-elaborated elaborate adj.
1590s, "produced by labor," from Latin
elaboratus, past participle of elaborare "to exert oneself" (see elaboration). Meaning "very detailed" is from 1620s. elaborate v.
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.
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