Definition of overelaborate in English:

overelaborate

Syllabification: o·ver·e·lab·o·rate
Pronunciation: /ˌōvəriˈlab(ə)rit
 
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adjective

  • Excessively elaborate.
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    • 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.

verb

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  • Explain or treat in excessive detail: if they don’t overelaborate the story I don’t question it
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    • 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.

Derivatives

overelaborately

adverb
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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