Elaborate meaning

ĭ-lăbər-ĭt
To explain something at greater length or in greater detail.

Asked me to elaborate on my proposal.

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Worked out carefully; developed in great detail.
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Planned or executed with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details.

An elaborate scheme.

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Painstaking.
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Highly wrought or ornamented; complicated.
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Intricate and rich in detail.

A carpet with an elaborate pattern.

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To change (food or substances in the body) into compounds that can be assimilated, excreted, etc.
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To state something in detail or add more details.
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To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly.

Elaborated a theory of social organization.

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To work out carefully; develop in great detail.
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To produce or compose (a substance, for example) from simpler elements.
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To produce by effort.
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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.

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Elaborate is defined as to add details to something.

An example of elaborate is to add more details to a story.

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After reading a long, elaborate description, I was impressed but no wiser.

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I stared for hours at the elaborate pattern in the rug.

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(intransitive) (used with on when used with an object) To give further detail or explanation (about).

What do you mean you didn't come home last night? Would you care to elaborate?

Could you elaborate on the plot for your novel for me?

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Origin of elaborate

  • Latin ēlabōrātus past participle of ēlabōrāre to work out ē-, ex- intensive pref. ex– labōrāre to work (from labor work)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1575, from Late Latin ēlabōrātus (“worked out”), past participle of ēlabōrō (“to work out”), from ē- (ex-, “out, forth, fully”) + labor (“work, toil, exertion”). More at e-, labour.

    From Wiktionary