Definitions for elaborate
ɪˈlæb ər ɪt; -əˌreɪtelab·o·rate
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word elaborate.
marked by complexity and richness of detail
"an elaborate lace pattern"
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"
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"
produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
"The bee elaborates honey"
complicate, refine, rarify, elaborateverb
make more complex, intricate, or richer
"refine a design or pattern"
elaborate, work outverb
work out in detail
"elaborate a plan"
(used with on when used with an object) To give further detail or explanation (about).
Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated
After reading a long, elaborate description, I was impressed but no wiser.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
Elaborate refers to something complex, detailed, or intricate. It can also mean the action of explaining or describing something in a detailed or thorough manner.
wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research
to produce with labor
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
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, -ātum—e, out, laborāre—labor, labour.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'elaborate' in Adjectives Frequency: #844
The numerical value of elaborate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of elaborate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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.
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.
In Samoa, men have elaborate tattoos inked on their thighs, buttocks and lower chest, it is a painful ordeal that requires a man to submit to the authority of the elders. When he emerges, he is celebrated as a hero.
Matt provided me with (an) elaborate painting and information on the illegal acts that inmates were committing within the facility, in turn, I provided him with benefits such as paint, paintbrushes, movement of inmates, hamburger meat, altering the electrical boxes in the catwalk areas.
Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.
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- доразвивам, изпипвам, изкусен, подробен, сложенBulgarian
- propracovaný, rozpracovat, rozvéstCzech
- uddybe, detaljeretDanish
- durchdacht, ausführlich, erarbeitenGerman
- välja töötama, üksikasjalik, detailne, rikkalik, viimistlemaEstonian
- بادقت شرح دادنPersian
- yksityiskohtainen, kehitellä, perusteellinen, kehittää, täsmentää, [[käsitellä]] [[yksityiskohtaisemmin]], [[selittää]] [[tarkemmin]], huoliteltu, taidokasFinnish
- alaposan kidolgozott, kifejt, bonyolult, mélyrehatóHungarian
- approfondire, intricato, dettagliare, elaborato, elaborare, dettagliatoItalian
- gedetailleerd, diepgaand, uitwerken, intrigerendDutch
- rozwinąć, opracować, drobiazgowyPolish
- argumentar, elaborarPortuguese
- конкретизировать, [[вдаваться]] [[в]] [[подробность, разрабатывать, подробный, [[тщательно]] [[сделанный]], доскональный, развивать, уточнять, искусный, замысловатый, скрупулёзный, продуманныйRussian
- utveckla, elaborera, detaljeradSwedish
- ayrıntılı, detaylı, tafsilatlı, mufassal, teferruatlıTurkish
- kỹ lưỡngVietnamese
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