An elaborate wedding cake.
- The definition of elaborate is done with great or numerous details.
- An example of elaborate is a wedding with a horse drawn carriage, a chocolate fountain, perfectly matching linens and a carefully executed theme.
- An example of elaborate is a chandelier with many branches, hanging crystals and other decorations.
- Elaborate is defined as to add details to something.
An example of elaborate is to add more details to a story.
- worked out carefully; developed in great detail
- highly wrought or ornamented; complicated
Origin of elaborateClassical Latin elaboratus, past participle of elaborare, to work out, labor greatly from e-, out + laborare from labor, labor
transitive verb-·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
- to produce by effort
- to work out carefully; develop in great detail
- to change (food or substances in the body) into compounds that can be assimilated, excreted, etc.
- Planned or executed with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details: an elaborate scheme.
- Intricate and rich in detail: a carpet with an elaborate pattern.
verbe·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing, e·lab·o·rates
- To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly: elaborated a theory of social organization.
- To produce or compose (a substance, for example) from simpler elements.
Origin of elaborateLatin ēlabōrātus past participle of ēlabōrāre to work out ē-, ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . labōrāre to work ( from labor work )
(comparative more elaborate, superlative most elaborate)
(third-person singular simple present elaborates, present participle elaborating, simple past and past participle elaborated)