What does elaborate mean?

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

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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).

  2. elaborateadjective

    Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated

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

  3. elaborateadjective

    intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elaborateadjective

    Finished with great diligence; performed with great labour.

    Etymology: elaboratus, Latin.

    Formalities of extraordinary zeal and piety are never more studied and elaborate than when politicians most agitate desperate designs. Charles I .

    At least, on her bestow’d
    Too much of ornament, of outward shew
    Elaborate; of inward, less exact. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Man is thy theme, his virtue or his rage
    Drawn to the life in each elab’rate page. Edmund Waller.

    Consider the difference between elaborate discourses upon important occasions, delivered to parliaments, and a plain sermon intended for the lower people. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To ELABORATEverb

    Etymology: elaboro, Latin.

    They in full joy elaborate a sigh. Edward Young.

    The sap is diversified, and still more and more elaborated and exalted, as it circulates through the vessels of the plant. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

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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  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. Jessica Simpson:

    It was the most amazing moment of my life, im so lucky I didnt lose my virginity in the back of a Jeep or something. Instead, I had this amazing, elaborate wedding and I topped it off with that.

  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. Otero County:

    We’ve got people up there( at Sunspot) that requested us to standby while they evacuate it. Nobody would really elaborate on any of the circumstances as to why. The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say. but for The FBI to get involved that quick and be so secretive about The FBI, there was a lot of stuff going on up there.

  4. Lauren Lane:

    I knew she wouldn't want some elaborate crazy proposal, so, I decided to keep it pretty casual. I asked her parents for different places in Portland I could potentially take her to, but after a lot of thought I decided doing it at the family cookout would be the most laid-back setting and that she'd appreciate the simplicity of me proposing to her in her parents' backyard.

  5. Josiah Stamp, Attibuted to Sir Josiah Stamp (1849 - 1941) HM Collector of Inland Revenue.:

    The government (is) extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays. What must be kept ever in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases.

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  • توArabic
  • доразвивам, изпипвам, изкусен, подробен, сложенBulgarian
  • propracovaný, rozpracovat, rozvéstCzech
  • uddybe, detaljeretDanish
  • durchdacht, ausführlich, erarbeitenGerman
  • επεξεργάGreek
  • elaborarSpanish
  • välja töötama, üksikasjalik, detailne, rikkalik, viimistlemaEstonian
  • بادقت شرح دادنPersian
  • yksityiskohtainen, kehitellä, perusteellinen, kehittää, täsmentää, [[käsitellä]] [[yksityiskohtaisemmin]], [[selittää]] [[tarkemmin]], huoliteltu, taidokasFinnish
  • élaborerFrench
  • yl-chastManx
  • विस्तृतHindi
  • alaposan kidolgozott, kifejt, bonyolult, mélyrehatóHungarian
  • մանրամասնելArmenian
  • rumitIndonesian
  • ítarlegurIcelandic
  • approfondire, intricato, dettagliare, elaborato, elaborare, dettagliatoItalian
  • לְפַרֵטHebrew
  • 精巧なJapanese
  • 정교한Korean
  • amplificant,Latin
  • gedetailleerd, diepgaand, uitwerken, intrigerendDutch
  • utdypeNorwegian
  • rozwinąć, opracować, drobiazgowyPolish
  • argumentar, elaborarPortuguese
  • elaboratRomanian
  • конкретизировать, [[вдаваться]] [[в]] [[подробность, разрабатывать, подробный, [[тщательно]] [[сделанный]], доскональный, развивать, уточнять, искусный, замысловатый, скрупулёзный, продуманныйRussian
  • utveckla, elaborera, detaljeradSwedish
  • விரிவாகTamil
  • విTelugu
  • ทำอย่างละเอียดThai
  • ayrıntılı, detaylı, tafsilatlı, mufassal, teferruatlıTurkish
  • وسیعUrdu
  • kỹ lưỡngVietnamese
  • פּראָטיםYiddish
  • 阐述Chinese

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