Definitions of elaborate

  1. 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"
  2. produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product; " The bee elaborates honey"
  3. marked by complexity and richness of detail; " an elaborate lace pattern"
  4. work out in detail; " elaborate a plan"
  5. Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research.
  6. 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.
  7. To produce with labor; to work out with great care; improve or refine with study or labor.
  8. Highly finished; complicated.
  9. Elaborately.
  10. Elaborateness.
  11. To labor on: to produce with labor: to take pains with: to improve by successive operations.
  12. To produce with labor; take pains with.
  13. Wrought with great care; highly finished.
  14. To produce by thorough and careful work.
  15. Developed with thoroughness or exactness.
  16. Wrought with labour; executed with thoroughness and exactness; highly wrought.
  17. To produce with labour; to work on and finish with great pains; to improve or refine by successive operations.
  18. To improve or highly finish by successive operations.
  19. To change from a crude state to a state capable of assimilation; to form complex organic substances from simple materials.

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
  3. This account would perhaps have assumed a more elaborate and ambitious form were it not that the author has been able to give to it only the scanty leisure of a busy district officer. – The Khasis by P. R. T. Gurdon
  4. And in a more elaborate way we most of us, I imagine, do the same. – Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter
  5. She locked the office door behind her- part of the Plasmoid Project's elaborate security precautions- went over to her mail file and found it empty. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  6. But when the man in the book is expected to make a picture of himself, a searching and elaborate portrait, then the limit of his capacity is touched and passed; or rather there is a better method, one of finer capacity, then ready to the author's hand, and there is no reason to be content with the hero's mere report. – The Craft of Fiction by Percy Lubbock
  7. He has even ventured to give plays as elaborate as 'Around the World in Eighty Days. – A Book About the Theater by Brander Matthews
  8. He made her an elaborate bow. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  9. The Doctor sent me there for a map, said Barty, with elaborate unconcern. – Mount Music by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  10. It set in for a heavy dance at about eleven o'clock, and then were seen as many elaborate verses in the poetry of motion, as any pair of eyes could wish to enjoy. – The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3 by Robert H. Newell
  11. H'm, was the doubtful comment; I'm afraid you'll have to elaborate that a little for me. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  12. The much more elaborate affair at the Colonial School had been a Tranest job. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  13. " You must stop and make me a visit," protested I, with elaborate politeness. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  14. Rosine was their maid; her principal occupation was the elaborate arrangement of Fanny's brown hair. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  15. " No," I answered with elaborate indifference; " no letter." – The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison
  16. After he was dressed on that gas- lit morning, he learnt bit by bit the extent of her elaborate preparations. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  17. Of the pretty girl alone, with no elaborate traveling arrangements, going only, it was evident, from one way- station to another, perhaps to spend a summer day with a friend. – A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life. by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  18. It is not an elaborate or expensive affair, though substantial and plentiful. – The Children of the Poor by Jacob A. Riis