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over-elaborate

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Pronunciation: /əʊv(ə)rɪˈlab(ə)rət
 
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Definition of over-elaborate in English:

adjective

Excessively elaborate: a courtly, over-elaborate speech the new structure was criticized as over-elaborate
More example sentences
  • 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 over-elaborate 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

over-elaborately

1
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.

over-elaboration

2
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.

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