Definitions for: Elaborate


[adj] 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"
[adj] marked by complexity and richness of detail; "an elaborate lace pattern"
[v] work out in detail; "elaborate a plan"
[v] make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
[v] 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"
[v] produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product; "The bee elaborates honey"



Webster (1913) Definition: E*lab"o*rate, a. [L. elaboratus, p. p. of elaborare
to work out; e out + laborare to labor, labor labor. See
Labor.]
Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied;
executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate
discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research.

Drawn to the life in each elaborate page. --Waller.

Syn: Labored; complicated; studied; perfected; high-wrought.
-- E*lab"o*rate*ly, adv. -- E*lab"o*rate*ness, n.


E*lab"o*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elaborated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Elaborating.]
1. To produce with labor

They in full joy elaborate a sigh, --Young.

2. 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.

The sap is . . . still more elaborated and exalted
as it circulates through the vessels of the plant.
--Arbuthnot.

Synonyms: careful, complicate, detailed, dilate, elaborated, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, fancy, flesh out, lucubrate, luxuriant, rarify, refine, work out

See Also: alter, change, clarify, clear up, create, detail, develop, elucidate, exemplify, illustrate, instance, involve, make, make grow, particularise, particularize, produce, set forth, sophisticate, specialise, specialize, specify

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