Definition of overelaborate in English:
- It is simplicity in a pudding bowl, and the tradition of a final splash of whisky on top is neither an affected nor over-elaborate addition.
- At the time I was inclined to think that the network of commissioning and monitoring committees was over-elaborate, but with hindsight I can see the point of it.
- One way or another, the system appears to be an over-elaborate, profit-driven, under-regulated mess.
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Explain or treat in excessive detail: if they don’t overelaborate the story I don’t question it
More example sentences
- His lawyer accused the teenager of deliberately over-elaborating a simple incident.
- With the Irish pack ruling the roost, and Scotland over-elaborating to a ridiculous degree on the few occasions they managed to get their hands on the ball, the young Irish backs began to look increasingly incisive.
- For all their flourishes, they lack cutting edge, consistently over-elaborating when it seemed more sensible to shoot.
- overelaborately adverb
- Example sentences
- Fish, whether it be from the lake itself or from the sea, is particularly well done, benefiting from not being over-sauced or over-elaborately presented.
- overelaboration noun
- Example sentences
- Both dishes were proof that the sort of culinary self-indulgence and over-elaboration that has become commonplace in so many fish restaurants need not be a part of running a successful seafood restaurant.
- Even when Celtic did dispense with their over-elaboration and find a way into the six-yard box, they were found wanting.
- It was a familiar feeling for many home supporters who have grown accustomed to their team's skill yet over-elaboration.
Definition of overelaborate in:
- British & World English dictionary
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