Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of elaborate
Meaning of elaborate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    1575, from Late Latin ēlabōrātus ( “worked out” ), past participle of ēlabōrō ( “to work out” ), from ē- ( ex-, “out, forth, fully” ) + labor ( “work, toil, exertion” ). More at e-, labour .


    • Adjective: ĭlă'bərət, IPA: /ɪˈlæbərət/, /I"l{b@r@t/
    • Verb: ĭlă'bərāt, IPA: /ɪˈlæbəreɪt/, /I"l{b@reIt/


    elaborate ( comparative more elaborate, superlative most elaborate )

    1. Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated
      After reading a long, elaborate description, I was impressed but no wiser .
    2. intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy
      I stared for hours at the elaborate pattern in the rug .


    elaborate ( third-person singular simple present elaborates present participle elaborating, simple past and past participle elaborated )

    1. ( intransitive ) ( used with on when used with an object ) To give further detail or explanation ( about ) .
      What do you mean you didn't come home last night? Would you care to elaborate?
      Could you elaborate on the plot for your novel for me?

Explanation of elaborate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. work out in detail

    2. elaborate a plan
    3. make more complex, intricate, or richer

    4. add details, as to an account or idea

    5. She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation
    6. produce from basic elements or sources

    7. The bee elaborates honey
    1. developed or executed with care and in minute detail

    2. the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion- John Buchan
      the carefully elaborated theme
    3. marked by complexity and richness of detail

    4. an elaborate lace pattern

    Definition of elaborate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Elaborate 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.

      -- Elaborately, adv. -- Elaborateness, n.

    2. Elaborate 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.