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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•lab•o•rateɪˈlæb ər ɪt; -əˌreɪt(adj.; v.)-rat•ed, -rat•ing.

  1. (adj.)worked out in great detail; painstaking:

    elaborate preparations.

  2. ornate, showy, or gaudy:

    an elaborate costume.

  3. (v.t.)to work out in minute detail.

  4. to develop or expand.

  5. to produce or develop by labor.

  6. (v.i.)to add details or information; expand (usu. fol. by on):

    to elaborate on an idea.

Origin of elaborate:

1600–10; < L ēlabōrātus, ptp. of ēlabōrāre to take pains, bestow effort on =ē-e - +labōrāre to work, der. of laborlabor



  1. elaborative(Adjective)

    Serving to elaborate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elaborative(adj)

    serving or tending to elaborate; constructing with labor and minute attention to details


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