What does elaborate mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elaborate, luxuriant(adj)

    marked by complexity and richness of detail

    "an elaborate lace pattern"

  2. detailed, elaborate, elaborated(verb)

    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, dilate(verb)

    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. elaborate(verb)

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

    "The bee elaborates honey"

  5. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate(verb)

    make more complex, intricate, or richer

    "refine a design or pattern"

  6. elaborate, work out(verb)

    work out in detail

    "elaborate a plan"

Wiktionary

  1. elaborate(Verb)

    (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. elaborate(Adjective)

    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. elaborate(Adjective)

    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. Elaborate(adj)

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

  2. Elaborate(verb)

    to produce with labor

  3. Elaborate(verb)

    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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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    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. David Clarke:

    But mystery remains as to who was responsible and why they went to such elaborate lengths to produce this artefact, from my point of view the interest lies not in the object itself but the stories and elaborate conspiracy theories that have grown up around it.

  2. Richard Valantasis:

    In Eastern Orthodoxy, for example, the fasting rules are pretty elaborate -- no milk, no eggs, no meat, no fish with blood systems, and sometimes no leavened bread, even though the foods for Lent are really wonderful and tasty, they still remind you that you are in the middle of a fasting period and therefore, your eating habits continually reinforce the spiritual disciplines you're supposed to be working through.

  3. Rima Kamal:

    Since our colleague’s abduction, we mobilized all channels possible to secure her release, over the past five months, we have certainly had some leads. We are however unable to share or elaborate on these leads publically due to the sensitivity of any abduction case. What matters now is Nourane’s safe return to her family as soon as possible.

  4. Chief Executive Peter Hancock:

    We of course will meet with him to further share our conclusions and give him an opportunity to elaborate on his views.

  5. Fidel Castro:

    My modest suggestion is that he reflects (on the U.S. role in South Africa and Cuba's in Angola) and not now try to elaborate theories about Cuban politics.

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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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