Definition of elaborate in English:


Syllabification: e·lab·o·rate


Pronunciation: /iˈlab(ə)rit
  • 1Involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning: elaborate security precautions elaborate wrought-iron gates
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    • 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.
    complicated, complex, intricate, involved; detailed, painstaking, careful; tortuous, convoluted, serpentine, Byzantine; Rube Goldbergornate, decorated, embellished, adorned, ornamented, fancy, fussy, busy, ostentatious, extravagant, showy, baroque, rococo, florid
    informal fancy-schmancy
  • 1.1(Of an action) lengthy and exaggerated: he made an elaborate pretense of yawning
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    • 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.


Pronunciation: /iˈlabəˌrāt
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  • 1 [with object] Develop or present (a theory, policy, or system) in detail: the key idea of the book is expressed in the title and elaborated in the text
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [no object] Add more detail concerning what has already been said: he would not elaborate on his news
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    • 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.
    expand on, enlarge on, add to, flesh out, put flesh on the bones of, add detail to, expatiate on; develop, fill out, embellish, embroider, enhance, amplify
  • 2 [with object] Biology (Of a natural agency) produce (a substance) from its elements or simpler constituents.
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    • Uroisolate PU7, was found to elicit the maximum virulence factors elaborating extracellular enzymes, protease, elastase, phospholipase C, haemolysin and pyochelin.
    • In the later stages they elaborate the collagenous intercellular substance of the scar.
    • Many amino acid and peptide hormones are elaborated by neural tissue, with ultimate impact on the entire system.



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  • She has a more elaborately decorated dress, embroidered at the neck and down the front, and black shoes.
  • One model can be the German education system, which is stated elaborately here.
  • Australia is losing the elaborately transformed manufactures race.


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  • They don't lie about these things - why, the very elaborateness of their outlandish tales is proof that something happened.
  • I could go on and on about the degree of deception, the elaborateness of the country's program to maintain its weapons capabilities.
  • The dance form of Kathakali has become very popular over the years, captivating hearts worldwide with its elaborateness.


Pronunciation: /iˌlabəˈrāSHən/
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  • But the tourism industry is increasingly reducing these quarters to prettied-up elaborations of their former selves, making fictions of them.
  • Future research could also pursue elaborations and enrichments of the contracting process.
  • The studding is a purely decorative elaboration of the rivets used to attach armor lames to each other.


Pronunciation: /-ˌrātiv/
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  • Music will develop imaginative, intuitive and elaborative faculties of the young minds and improve the relationship between the teacher and the students.
  • Long-term memory requires elaborative encoding in the inner part of the temporal lobes.
  • For each of these questions, a series of suggested probes was developed for use by the interviewers, intended to elicit more elaborative responses to these questions.


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  • And I also knew that in casting Tom, I'd be taking on a really intelligent and a helpful elaborator.
  • Some preliminary evidence suggests that students who are high elaborators are advantaged in this regard because they are better able to incorporate cognitive restructuring and reorganization.
  • Crucially, this module defines a function elaborator.


late 16th century (in the sense 'produced by effort of labor', also sense 2 of the verb of the verb): from Latin elaborat- 'worked out', from the verb elaborare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + labor 'work'.

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