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Definitions of elaborate

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

  1. I have no secrets; all of these things have been discussed at length in guitar magazines over the years but are far too elaborate to cover in one article. – Adrian Belew
  2. Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency. – Raymond Chandler
  3. Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you do all manner of elaborate things to a duck, and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin. – Lucian Freud
  4. Acting is like lying. The art of lying well. I'm paid to tell elaborate lies. – Mel Gibson
  5. I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it. – Henry James
  6. There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy. – E. V. Lucas
  7. There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy. – Edward V. Lucas
  8. An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. – Pablo Picasso
  9. The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. – J. B. Priestley
  10. The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. – Joseph Priestley
  11. When one puts up a building one makes an elaborate scaffold to get everything into its proper place. But when one takes the scaffold down, the building must stand by itself with no trace of the means by which it was erected. That is how a musician should work. – Andres Segovia
  12. I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. – Anne Sullivan
  13. At the time, my personal research objectives were to provide Keynesian economics with more rigorous foundations and to tighten and elaborate the logic of macroeconomic and monetary theory. – James Tobin
  14. A lot of the interesting issues and dynamics within a city occur over things such as socio -economic issues or ethnic issues. But they require a much more elaborate model of human behavior. – Will Wright

Usage examples for elaborate

  1. The much more elaborate affair at the Colonial School had been a Tranest job. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  2. " You must stop and make me a visit," protested I, with elaborate politeness. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  3. 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
  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. Rosine was their maid; her principal occupation was the elaborate arrangement of Fanny's brown hair. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  6. 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
  7. The gown need not be very elaborate ' 'Silk? – A Duet by A. Conan Doyle
  8. The elaborate scenic effects were working perfectly. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  9. He has even ventured to give plays as elaborate as 'Around the World in Eighty Days. – A Book About the Theater by Brander Matthews
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Language in England, in all classes, is a much more elaborate and finished science than with us. – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  15. 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
  16. He made her an elaborate bow. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  17. It is not an elaborate or expensive affair, though substantial and plentiful. – The Children of the Poor by Jacob A. Riis
  18. " No," I answered with elaborate indifference; " no letter." – The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison
  19. The Doctor sent me there for a map, said Barty, with elaborate unconcern. – Mount Music by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  20. 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

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