AskDefine | Define elaborate

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elaborate adj
1 marked by complexity and richness of detail; "an elaborate lace pattern" [syn: luxuriant]
2 developed or executed with care and in minute detail; "a detailed plan"; "the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- John Buchan; "the carefully elaborated theme" [syn: detailed, elaborated]


1 add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" [syn: lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate] [ant: abridge]
2 produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product; "The bee elaborates honey"
3 make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern" [syn: complicate, refine, rarify]
4 work out in detail; "elaborate a plan" [syn: work out]

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  • Adjective: ĭlă'bərət, /ɪˈlæbərət/, /I"l

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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