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ELABORATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does elaborate mean? 

ELABORATE (adjective)
  The adjective ELABORATE has 2 senses:

1. marked by complexity and richness of detail
2. developed or executed with care and in minute detail

  Familiarity information: ELABORATE used as an adjective is rare.


ELABORATE (verb)
  The verb ELABORATE has 4 senses:

1. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
2. produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
3. make more complex, intricate, or richer
4. work out in detail

  Familiarity information: ELABORATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELABORATE (adjective)


Sense 1elaborate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by complexity and richness of detail

Synonyms:

elaborate; luxuriant

Context example:

an elaborate lace pattern

Similar:

fancy (not plain; decorative or ornamented)


Sense 2elaborate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Developed or executed with care and in minute detail

Synonyms:

detailed; elaborated; elaborate

Context examples:

a detailed plan / the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion / the carefully elaborated theme

Similar:

careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)


ELABORATE (verb)


Sense 1elaborate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

lucubrate; expound; expatiate; elaborate; exposit; flesh out; dilate; enlarge; expand

Context example:

She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation

Hypernyms (to "elaborate" is one way to...):

clarify; clear up; elucidate (make clear and (more) comprehensible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "elaborate"):

detail (provide details for)

exposit; expound; set forth (state)

exemplify; illustrate; instance (clarify by giving an example of)

particularise; particularize; specialise; specialize; specify (be specific about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They elaborate that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2elaborate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

The bee elaborates honey

Hypernyms (to "elaborate" is one way to...):

create; make; produce (create or manufacture a man-made product)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3elaborate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more complex, intricate, or richer

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

rarify; complicate; refine; elaborate

Context example:

refine a design or pattern

Hypernyms (to "elaborate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "elaborate"):

involve (make complex or intricate or complicated)

develop (elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme)

sophisticate (make more complex or refined)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4elaborate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Work out in detail

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

work out; elaborate

Context example:

elaborate a plan

Hypernyms (to "elaborate" is one way to...):

develop; make grow (cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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