Definition of elaborate in English:

elaborate

adjective

Pronunciation /əˈlæb(ə)rət//əˈlab(ə)rət/
  • 1Involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning.

    ‘elaborate security precautions’
    ‘elaborate wrought-iron gates’
    • ‘The mainstays of the children's bedrooms up and down the country were on display too: teddy bears in their hundreds, dolls in elaborate boxes and puzzles designed to stretch young minds.’
    • ‘Archaeologists still debate why communities would have gone to such lengths to create these elaborate structures, even if they housed local elite families.’
    • ‘The elaborate design, praised at its inception, now is being blamed for ballooning costs and several delays.’
    • ‘Columns supporting the roof were inlaid with elaborate, seemingly aimless designs; tantalizingly intricate, almost gaudy.’
    • ‘The buildings were all made of white stone, built carefully with elaborate details, as if every family lived in a miniature castle.’
    • ‘And I think that's why he takes such elaborate security precautions.’
    • ‘Rather than bore you with elaborate detail, I will simply sketch out in brief outline how the system would work.’
    • ‘For example, many firms operate elaborate security arrangements which look good but are actually useless.’
    • ‘A very elaborate stage design will be adopted, costing US $2 million.’
    • ‘On the night of the festival, people are expected to go to the streets to appreciate varying sorts of elaborate and brightly decorated lanterns, an often unforgettable experience.’
    • ‘She looked as imperious and haughty as ever; her graying blue-silver hair swept up into an intricate coif, the elaborate detail of its design matching even her extravagant evening gown.’
    • ‘Doorways, gates, and windows are carved with elaborate designs.’
    • ‘Death is one of the most important events in society and is marked by most ethnic groups and religions by elaborate and lengthy funeral observances that involve the whole community.’
    • ‘Narrators, for example, often provided elaborate details about the persons and locations involved in fairy stories.’
    • ‘This travel involves elaborate planning and discussions about eating.’
    • ‘There were some matters the tribunal did not refer to although they could have, and some minor errors in relation to the details of this elaborate and complicated scheme.’
    • ‘Though the book's elaborate details might make slow going for many readers, it will serve as a valuable resource for scholars and political activists.’
    • ‘Security precautions were elaborate in the extreme.’
    • ‘In the case of this project, some of the students had made elaborate drawings with intricate details.’
    • ‘After having done a series of simple, effective bookjackets for the bestselling crime writer, Chris was suddenly asked for an altogether more elaborate design.’
    complicated, detailed, intricate, complex, involved, tortuous, convoluted, serpentine, tangled, knotty, confusing, bewildering, baffling
    ornate, decorated, embellished, adorned, ornamented, fancy, over-elaborate, fussy, busy, ostentatious, extravagant, showy, baroque, rococo, florid, wedding-cake, gingerbread
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    1. 1.1 (of an action) lengthy and exaggerated.
      ‘he made an elaborate pretense of yawning’
      • ‘So plans were formed and we arranged the elaborate car-hopscotch required to ensure that no-one would drive home drunk.’
      • ‘‘That sounds good,’ Cici said with an elaborate yawn, and laid her head on the side of the car.’
      • ‘The big summit meetings are elaborate rituals, ostentatious shows of power that reinforce the entitlement and authority of the bodies they represent.’
      • ‘Maybe I'll find tomorrow, I live in hope, that the BBC article was just some kind of elaborate wind-up…’
      • ‘Police say the device would not have exploded as there was no detonator attached and are describing the incident as an elaborate hoax designed to cause fear.’
      • ‘Against lesser quarterbacks, expect more gap-shooting and elaborate designs involving the back seven.’
      • ‘Faking an elaborate yawn, I sneak a glance over my shoulder just in time to see her naked back as she leaves.’
      • ‘He took his pipe from his mouth and gave an elaborate yawn, which seemed to take him by surprise.’
      • ‘It is an elaborate, extravagant and bloated undertaking that not only throws in the kitchen sink but the fire extinguisher, too.’
      • ‘Sexual selection theory has proved extremely successful in explaining male ornaments, such as elaborate vocal and visual displays.’
      • ‘How do I know this isn't some elaborate scam designed to prey on the emotions of someone with a terminal loved one?’
      • ‘He didn't just make a mistake on the date; he told the story in elaborate detail.’
      • ‘Or is this an elaborate hoax designed to generate interest in a book deal?’

verb

Pronunciation /əˈlæbəˌreɪt//əˈlabəˌrāt/
  • 1with object Develop or present (a theory, policy, or system) in detail.

    ‘the key idea of the book is expressed in the title and elaborated in the text’
    • ‘Esclangon elaborated a theory for these functions, studied their differentiation and integration, and examined the differential equations which allow them as coefficients.’
    • ‘Afterwards we were walking though the labyrinthine corridors of the company basement where the training room is located, as he elaborated his theory about the trainer's sexuality and Abdir and I cracked up.’
    • ‘But discussing its permutations also aids in elaborating the theory I am commending.’
    • ‘If she had done so, he would have had to elaborate his policy ambitions in detail.’
    • ‘They represent interdependent components of the class policy elaborated by the dominant strata of the ruling elite.’
    • ‘This part ‘represents one of the few attempts, ancient or modern, to elaborate a theory of pragmatics and discourse grammar.’’
    • ‘While the failure of the book to engage in elaborating the theory of Bonapartism is a weakness, the avoidance of any serious debate concerning the writer's position in regard to Stalinism is regrettable.’
    • ‘This strategy had been reversed when homeland policy was elaborated at that time.’
    • ‘Myrdal believed the same to be true of the neoclassical trade theory elaborated by Eli Heckscher and Bertil Ohlin.’
    • ‘At this point, I shall briefly elaborate the theory of the global system based on the three spheres of economic, political, and culture-ideology transnational practices.’
    • ‘Depending on how this feature of a moral theory is elaborated, there will be more than one answer to the question of the effects of moral requirements on the motives of connection.’
    • ‘Sitting in front of their seaside cottage, he elaborates his theory.’
    • ‘He elaborates an original theory of identity to address issues surrounding the Trinity, one that has wider applicability in metaphysics.’
    • ‘Obrador rejected the workers' demands, saying that current plans were part of a more general municipal labor policy elaborated by the city.’
    • ‘We are often told that our movement lacks the persons of talent who might be capable of further elaborating Marx's theories.’
    • ‘While the survivor in the garden is doubly constructed as Jewish and female, her story serves more than a dual purpose in elaborating Semprun's theory of memory.’
    • ‘Rather, recognizing relevant facts and elaborating theories to explain them are two aspects of a single process: making our total view as coherent as we can.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, he elaborates a theory of the relationship between music and money.’
    • ‘We model these properties with a basic thermodynamic framework without the use of more elaborated theory as has been done previously.’
    • ‘They believe that they have elaborated a theory linking ventilation, cytokine release, and multiple organ system failure.’
    narrate, relate, recount, tell, reveal, make known, disclose, divulge, present, communicate, report, recite, portray, spell out, give an account of, set forth, set out
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    1. 1.1no object Add more detail concerning what has already been said.
      ‘he would not elaborate on his news’
      • ‘He declined to elaborate on the details of the discussion and said he is not at liberty to discuss Cabinet meetings.’
      • ‘These e-mails and comments often either correct mistakes I have made, or elaborate on posts already on the site.’
      • ‘He did not elaborate on concerns regarding the immigration office.’
      • ‘I would like to continue to elaborate on the concerns Dr Smith put to the Committee.’
      • ‘As a ratepayer I am most concerned by this statement and would ask Mr Bloxham to elaborate on what he means by ‘support’ and what extent of support is required.’
      • ‘The powerful farm lobby is not prepared to elaborate on its reportedly top level talks of recent days.’
      • ‘The authority is refusing to elaborate on details of the claims.’
      • ‘He did not elaborate on the details of the different laws involved in the two cases.’
      • ‘It is likely that in listening to conversations or lecture materials you simultaneously translate into pictures which enhance and elaborate on the meaning.’
      • ‘Later, he had made an honest error in refusing to elaborate on details of his credit card transactions which led him inadvertently into controversy.’
      • ‘They were genuinely intrigued by the story and felt little need to elaborate on what already seemed so outlandish.’
      • ‘A secondary theme of the book is to identify and elaborate on the issues and beliefs that concerned Tagore all his life as a poet and a writer.’
      • ‘He declined to elaborate on the technical details.’
      • ‘You may elaborate on and enlarge the truth to a degree, but you are a person of high integrity and high standards of behavior.’
      • ‘Liu declined to elaborate on details of the bid.’
      • ‘Well, we really can't elaborate on the specific details.’
      • ‘A spokeswoman for the inquiry refused to elaborate on the concerns but said they would eventually be made public in a witness statement.’
      • ‘In this article, then, I will elaborate on these concerns and use some well-known poems.’
      • ‘Tune in at 4 am tomorrow, when I may feverishly elaborate on the details.’
      • ‘He wouldn't elaborate on details but hinted that the look of the series will be influenced by the hot reality genre.’
      expand on, enlarge on, add to, flesh out, add flesh to, put flesh on the bones of, add detail to, expatiate on
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  • 2Biology
    with object (of a natural agency) produce (a substance) from its elements or simpler constituents.

    • ‘In the later stages they elaborate the collagenous intercellular substance of the scar.’
    • ‘Many amino acid and peptide hormones are elaborated by neural tissue, with ultimate impact on the entire system.’
    • ‘Each elaborates its own protein repertoire, yet all came from an egg containing the only copy of the organism's genes.’
    • ‘The parietal cell of the stomach, which elaborates hydrochloric acid, is an example of such an eosinophilic cell.’
    • ‘Uroisolate PU7, was found to elicit the maximum virulence factors elaborating extracellular enzymes, protease, elastase, phospholipase C, haemolysin and pyochelin.’

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘produced by effort of labor’, also in elaborate (sense 2 of the verb)): from Latin elaborat- ‘worked out’, from the verb elaborare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + labor ‘work’.

Pronunciation

elaborate

Adjective/əˈlæb(ə)rət/

elaborate

Verb/əˈlæbəˌreɪt/