elaborate

[adj. ih-lab-er-it; v. ih-lab-uh-reyt]
adjective
1.
worked out with great care and nicety of detail; executed with great minuteness: elaborate preparations; elaborate care. perfected, painstaking. simple.
2.
marked by intricate and often excessive detail; complicated; ornate.
verb (used with object), elaborated, elaborating.
3.
to work out carefully or minutely; develop to perfection. refine, improve.
4.
to add details to; expand.
5.
to produce or develop by labor.
6.
Physiology. to convert (food, plasma, etc.) by means of chemical processes into a substance more suitable for use within the body.
verb (used without object), elaborated, elaborating.
7.
to add details in writing, speaking, etc.; give additional or fuller treatment (usually followed by on or upon ): to elaborate upon a theme or an idea. refine, improve.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin ēlabōrātus (past participle of ēlabōrāre) worked out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + labōr- work + -ātus -ate1

elaborately, adverb
elaborateness, noun
elaborative, adjective
elaborator, noun
nonelaborate, adjective
nonelaborately, adverb
nonelaborateness, noun
nonelaborating, adjective
nonelaborative, adjective
quasi-elaborate, adjective
quasi-elaborately, adverb
self-elaborated, adjective
superelaborate, adjective
superelaborately, adverb
superelaborateness, noun
unelaborate, adjective
unelaborately, adverb
unelaborateness, noun
unelaborated, adjective
well-elaborated, adjective


2. Elaborate, labored, studied apply to that which is worked out in great detail. That which is elaborate is characterized by great, sometimes even excessive, minuteness of detail: elaborate preparations for a banquet. That which is labored is marked by excessive, often forced or uninspired, effort: a labored style of writing. That which is studied is accomplished with care and deliberation, and is done purposely, sometimes even having been rehearsed: a studied pose.
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elaborate
 
adj
1.  planned or executed with care and exactness; detailed
2.  marked by complexity, ornateness, or detail
 
vb
3.  (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to add information or detail (to an account); expand (upon)
4.  (tr) to work out in detail; develop
5.  (tr) to make more complicated or ornate
6.  (tr) to produce by careful labour; create
7.  (tr) physiol to change (food or simple substances) into more complex substances for use in the body
 
[C16: from Latin ēlabōrāre to take pains, from labōrāre to toil]
 
e'laborately
 
adv
 
e'laborateness
 
n
 
elabo'ration
 
n
 
elaborative
 
adj
 
e'laborator
 
n

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Word Origin & History

elaborate
1590s, "produced by labor," from L. elaboratus, pp. of elaborare (see elaboration). Meaning "very detailed" is from 1620s.

elaborate
c.1600, from L. elaborat-, pp. stem of elaborare (see elaboration). Related: Elaborated; elaborating.

elaborately
1630s, see elaborate (adj.) + -ly (2).
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Example sentences
Such elaborately decorated conveyances were reserved for the shogun's family,
  especially his brides.
We have discussed about it elaborately in one of our books.
We're invited to create and interact with elaborately simulated worlds,
  characters, and story lines.
They've had elaborately contrived plots involving bets, tricks and lies.
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