Definition of Elaborate

1. Verb. Add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing. "They elaborate that there was a traffic accident "; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"

2. Adjective. Marked by complexity and richness of detail. "An elaborate lace pattern"
Exact synonyms: Luxuriant
Similar to: Fancy
Derivative terms: Elaborateness, Luxuriance

3. Verb. Produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product. "The bee elaborates honey"
Generic synonyms: Create, Make, Produce
Derivative terms: Elaboration

4. Adjective. Developed or executed with care and in minute detail. "The carefully elaborated theme"
Exact synonyms: Detailed, Elaborated
Similar to: Careful
Derivative terms: Elaborateness

5. Verb. Make more complex, intricate, or richer. "Refine a design or pattern"
Exact synonyms: Complicate, Rarify, Refine
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Involve, Develop, Sophisticate
Derivative terms: Complication, Complication, Elaboration, Elaboration, Elaboration

6. Verb. Work out in detail. "Elaborate a plan"
Exact synonyms: Work Out
Related verbs: Work Out, Work Up
Generic synonyms: Develop, Make Grow
Derivative terms: Elaboration

Definition of Elaborate

1. a. Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research.

2. v. t. To produce with labor

Definition of Elaborate

1. Adjective. Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated ¹

2. Adjective. intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) (''used with'' '''on''' ''when used with an object'') To give further detail or explanation (about). ¹

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Definition of Elaborate


Medical Definition of Elaborate

1. 1. To produce with labour "They in full joy elaborate a sigh," (Young) 2. To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labour and study, or by successive operations; as, to elaborate a painting or a literary work. "The sap is . . . Still more elaborated and exalted as it circulates through the vessels of the plant." (Arbuthnot) Origin: Elaborated; Elaborating. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Elaborate

el cheapo
el cheapos
elaborate (current term)
elaborated sap

Literary usage of Elaborate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1896)
"In 1589 Joseph Barnes published for him at the university press an elaborate English-Latin and Latin-English dictionary. The long title began: 'Biblio- ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"21. this principle is again applied and supported by a more elaborate argument. There is, perhaps, no word in legal terminology so frequently used as the ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"elaborate copulatory structures of a chitinous nature, and the eggs arc fertilized tn the female without even quitting the place where they are formed on ..."

4. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"elaborate, WELL-WROUGHT ... We far as elaborate work ... far more elaborate than any tiling we can find in the ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... not by using subtle distinctions or elaborate arguments, but by stating plain definitions in accurate words. He condemned Monothelitism by anticipation. ..."

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