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Meaning of ELABORATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]i'laburit, [v]i'labu`reyt, i'labehrut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [adj]  marked by complexity and richness of detail; "an elaborate lace pattern"
  3. [v]  work out in detail; "elaborate a plan"
  4. [v]  make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
  5. [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"
  6. [v]  produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product; "The bee elaborates honey"

ELABORATE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E*lab"o*rate\, a. [L. elaboratus, p. p. of elaborare
    to work out; e out + laborare to labor, labor labor. See
    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.
  2. \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.
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