What does elaborate mean?

Definitions for elaborate
ɪˈlæb ər ɪt; -əˌreɪtelab·o·rate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word elaborate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. elaborate, luxuriantadjective

    marked by complexity and richness of detail

    "an elaborate lace pattern"

  2. detailed, elaborate, elaboratedverb

    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"

  3. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilateverb

    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"

  4. elaborateverb

    produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product

    "The bee elaborates honey"

  5. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborateverb

    make more complex, intricate, or richer

    "refine a design or pattern"

  6. elaborate, work outverb

    work out in detail

    "elaborate a plan"

Wiktionary

  1. elaborateverb

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

    Etymology: 1575, from elaboratus, past participle of elaboro, from e- + labor. More at e-, labour.

  2. elaborateadjective

    Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated

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

    Etymology: 1575, from elaboratus, past participle of elaboro, from e- + labor. More at e-, labour.

  3. elaborateadjective

    intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy

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

    Etymology: 1575, from elaboratus, past participle of elaboro, from e- + labor. More at e-, labour.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elaborateadjective

    wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research

  2. Elaborateverb

    to produce with labor

  3. Elaborateverb

    to perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labor and study, or by successive operations; as, to elaborate a painting or a literary work

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elaborate

    e-lab′or-āt, v.t. to labour on: to produce with labour: to take pains with: to improve by successive operations.—adj. wrought with labour: done with fullness and exactness: highly finished.—adv. Elab′orately.—ns. Elab′orateness; Elaborā′tion, act of elaborating: refinement: the process by which substances are formed in the organs of animals or plants.—adj. Elab′orative.—ns. Elab′orator, one who elaborates; Elab′oratory=Laboratory. [L. elaborāre, -ātume, out, laborārelabor, labour.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'elaborate' in Adjectives Frequency: #844

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elaborate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elaborate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of elaborate in a Sentence

  1. Elisabeth Hildebrand:

    In a certain sense, these early herders formed the first civilization of Eastern Africa with elaborate individual and community practices. In today's time of climate change and economic instability, we can all take a very important lesson from eastern Africa's first herders : Facing an equally challenging situation, they responded by coming together and strengthening their community.

  2. Leon Lerman:

    From what our researchers have seen, there is an elaborate marketplace on the Dark Web where the stolen data is distributed through channels to end users, the hackers, who at the top of the black market value chain, sell raw patient data in bulk.

  3. Barack Obama:

    You have to believe in facts. Without facts there's no basis for cooperation. If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it's going to be hard for us to cooperate, i can't find common ground if somebody says that climate change just isn't happening, when almost all the world's scientists tell us it is. I don't know where to start talking to you about this. If you say it's an elaborate hoax, where do we start ?

  4. Bill Cosby:

    >( CNN) Bill Cosby has replaced his entire defense team ahead of his sentencing hearing in September.Cosby's attorney, Tom Mesereau, and the rest of his defense team were replaced by attorney Joseph P. Green, the comedian's spokesman Andrew Wyatt said. Andrew Wyatt did not elaborate on the reason for the change.CNN reached out to Green for comment but has not yet received a response.Cosby was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. Read MoreThe 80-year-old comedian is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on September 24. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, although the actual sentence is likely to be much shorter.The verdict came a year after Cosby's previous trial ended in a mistrial, as a different panel of jurors said they were deadlocked and could not unanimously agree on a verdict. What the case was aboutThe case against Bill Cosby centered on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women's basketball team. She testified that Bill Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple University, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited Bill Cosby home to ask for career advice 14 years ago.The trial had the.

  5. Margaret Mead:

    The institution of marriage in all societies is a pattern within which the strains put by civilization on males and females alike must be resolved, a pattern within which men must learn, in return for a variety of elaborate rewards, new forms in which sexual spontaneity is still possible, and women must learn to discipline their receptivity to a thousand other considerations.

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  • توArabic
  • доразвивам, сложен, подробен, изкусен, изпипвамBulgarian
  • rozvést, rozpracovat, propracovanýCzech
  • detaljeret, uddybeDanish
  • ausführlich, durchdacht, erarbeitenGerman
  • επεξεργάGreek
  • elaborarSpanish
  • detailne, rikkalik, välja töötama, viimistlema, üksikasjalikEstonian
  • بادقت شرح دادنPersian
  • kehitellä, perusteellinen, [[selittää]] [[tarkemmin]], huoliteltu, taidokas, täsmentää, yksityiskohtainen, [[käsitellä]] [[yksityiskohtaisemmin]], kehittääFinnish
  • élaborerFrench
  • yl-chastManx
  • विस्तृतHindi
  • mélyreható, alaposan kidolgozott, kifejt, bonyolultHungarian
  • մանրամասնելArmenian
  • rumitIndonesian
  • ítarlegurIcelandic
  • dettagliare, dettagliato, approfondire, elaborato, intricato, elaborareItalian
  • לְפַרֵטHebrew
  • 精巧なJapanese
  • 정교한Korean
  • amplificant,Latin
  • gedetailleerd, diepgaand, intrigerend, uitwerkenDutch
  • utdypeNorwegian
  • drobiazgowy, rozwinąć, opracowaćPolish
  • argumentar, elaborarPortuguese
  • elaboratRomanian
  • скрупулёзный, продуманный, замысловатый, искусный, уточнять, развивать, доскональный, [[тщательно]] [[сделанный]], подробный, разрабатывать, [[вдаваться]] [[в]] [[подробность, конкретизироватьRussian
  • elaborera, detaljerad, utvecklaSwedish
  • விரிவாகTamil
  • విTelugu
  • ทำอย่างละเอียดThai
  • ayrıntılı, teferruatlı, mufassal, tafsilatlı, detaylıTurkish
  • وسیعUrdu
  • kỹ lưỡngVietnamese
  • פּראָטיםYiddish
  • 阐述Chinese

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