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[adj. oh-ver-i-lab-er-it; v. oh-ver-i-lab-uh-reyt] /adj. ˈoʊ vər ɪˈlæb ər ɪt; v. ˌoʊ vər ɪˈlæb əˌreɪt/
excessively or fussily elaborate, ornate, detailed, etc.
verb (used with object), overelaborated, overelaborating.
to render or present with excessive or fussy detail:
He so overelaborates his jokes that they lose their humor.
verb (used without object), overelaborated, overelaborating.
to add excessive details, as in writing or speaking:
He overelaborates to an extent that his novels must be cut radically before being published.
Origin of overelaborate
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overelaborately, adverb
overelaboration, overelaborateness, noun Unabridged
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  • It ought not to look overelaborate, even though it is spangled with silver or crystal or is made of sheer lace.
British Dictionary definitions for overelaborate


adjective (ˌəʊvərɪˈlæbərɪt)
excessively ornate, detailed, or complex
verb (ˌəʊvərɪˈlæbəˌreɪt)
(transitive) to detail or develop (an idea, plan, etc) excessively
Derived Forms
overelaboration, noun
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