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elaborate

Translation of elaborate in Spanish:

adjective

American English: /əˈlæb(ə)rət/
British English: /ɪˈlab(ə)rət/
  • 1.1
    (decoration/design/hairstyle)
    muy elaborado
    Example sentences
    • She looked as imperious and haughty as ever; her graying blue-silver hair swept up into an intricate coif, the elaborate detail of its design matching even her extravagant evening gown.
    • There were some matters the tribunal did not refer to although they could have, and some minor errors in relation to the details of this elaborate and complicated scheme.
    • The buildings were all made of white stone, built carefully with elaborate details, as if every family lived in a miniature castle.
    1.2
    (plan/arrangements)
    in elaborate detail
    con todo detalle
    muy minuciosamente
    Example sentences
    • Faking an elaborate yawn, I sneak a glance over my shoulder just in time to see her naked back as she leaves.
    • It is an elaborate, extravagant and bloated undertaking that not only throws in the kitchen sink but the fire extinguisher, too.
    • ‘That sounds good,’ Cici said with an elaborate yawn, and laid her head on the side of the car.
    1.3
    (meal)
    de mucho trabajo
    1.4
    (joke/excuse)

transitive verb

American English: /əˈlæbəˌreɪt/
British English: /ɪˈlabəreɪt/
  • (theory/plan)
    Example sentences
    • If she had done so, he would have had to elaborate his policy ambitions in detail.
    • Sitting in front of their seaside cottage, he elaborates his theory.
    • Not surprisingly, he elaborates a theory of the relationship between music and money.
    Example sentences
    • In this article, then, I will elaborate on these concerns and use some well-known poems.
    • He did not elaborate on concerns regarding the immigration office.
    • A spokeswoman for the inquiry refused to elaborate on the concerns but said they would eventually be made public in a witness statement.

intransitive verb

American English: /əˈlæbəˌreɪt/
British English: /ɪˈlabəreɪt/
  • dar (más) detalles
    entrar en detalles or explicaciones
    to elaborate on o upon something
    ampliar algo
    explicar algo en mayor detalle

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