Definition of over-elaborate in English:

over-elaborate

adjective

  • Excessively elaborate:

    ‘a courtly, over-elaborate speech’
    ‘the new structure was criticized as over-elaborate’
    • ‘Standing on the grassy down above them was a young woman dressed in a long-sleeved dark blue top and a knee-length black skirt, which seemed strange and over-elaborate in the excessive heat.’
    • ‘At times the attempt to jam poems full of New Zealand's many disparate actual and imagined elements, and the occasional use of over-elaborate diction, don't allow the reader to form an image or establish a mood.’
    • ‘For once, showboating and over-elaborate play had replaced their usual ruthless efficiency.’
    • ‘White picket fencing, kerbstones around plots and over-elaborate flower beds were also to be stopped in a bid to tidy up cemeteries.’
    • ‘In such a situation it would be stupid to provide an over-elaborate explanation.’
    • ‘While limiting its attention to what the defendant has actually said or written the court should be cautious of an over-elaborate analysis of the material issue.’
    • ‘At the time I was inclined to think that the network of commissioning and monitoring committees was over-elaborate, but with hindsight I can see the point of it.’
    • ‘So the critics will continue to say that he is too unpredictable and over-elaborate, but that is the downside of genius.’
    • ‘Portraits are not usually over-elaborate, and ought to portray a likeness of the subject, also offering some insight to the subject's personality.’
    • ‘The plot is over-elaborate and the style is rudimentary, but the romance is full of life and traditional motifs.’
    • ‘I suspect some listeners will hate it, thinking it too over-elaborate, but I love it.’
    • ‘One way or another, the system appears to be an over-elaborate, profit-driven, under-regulated mess.’
    • ‘It is simplicity in a pudding bowl, and the tradition of a final splash of whisky on top is neither an affected nor over-elaborate addition.’
    • ‘The judge should be wary of an over-elaborate and analytical approach.’
    • ‘The court should avoid an over-elaborate analysis of the article, because an ordinary reader would not analyse the article as a lawyer or accountant would analyse documents or accounts.’
    pretentious, high-flown, ostentatious, pompous, grandiose, over-elaborate, overblown, overripe, overworked, overdone
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Explain or treat in excessive detail:

    ‘if they don't over-elaborate the story I don't question it’
    • ‘We don't go out to do so much handpassing, and we might have over-elaborated at times in the semi-final, but that happens.’
    • ‘The ghostwriter wants to produce a good book and they have over-elaborated on things.’
    • ‘His lawyer accused the teenager of deliberately over-elaborating a simple incident.’
    • ‘Her voice was so expressive because of its incredible calm and internal fortitude, never needing to do too much or to over-elaborate.’
    • ‘For all their flourishes, they lack cutting edge, consistently over-elaborating when it seemed more sensible to shoot.’
    • ‘Never seeking to over-elaborate on the emotion, Polanski chooses to keep things fundamentally austere.’
    • ‘I thought we started positively and we were knocking it about but then we started to over-elaborate.’
    • ‘With the Irish pack ruling the roost, and Scotland over-elaborating to a ridiculous degree on the few occasions they managed to get their hands on the ball, the young Irish backs began to look increasingly incisive.’
    • ‘The home side struggled to move the ball away from the base of the scrum and also over-elaborated in their own half when a policy of sticking to the basics may have served them better.’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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Pronunciation:

over-elaborate

/əʊv(ə)rɪˈlab(ə)rət/