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Definitions of elaborate

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To produce with labor; to work out with great care; improve or refine with study or labor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To labor on: to produce with labor: to take pains with: to improve by successive operations. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To produce with labor; take pains with. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To produce by thorough and careful work. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. work out in detail; "elaborate a plan" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To produce with labour; to work on and finish with great pains; to improve or refine by successive operations. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To improve or highly finish by successive operations. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. To change from a crude state to a state capable of assimilation; to form complex organic substances from simple materials. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  11. Elaborateness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Elaborately. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Highly finished; complicated. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Wrought with great care; highly finished. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Developed with thoroughness or exactness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Wrought with labour; executed with thoroughness and exactness; highly wrought. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for elaborate

  1. The gown need not be very elaborate ' 'Silk? – A Duet by A. Conan Doyle
  2. He saw he was laughed at, and it took a whole week's time and an elaborate explanation, to enable him to grasp the jest- but when he got a good hold of it, he so! – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
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