Elaborate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈlæbərət|  American pronunciation of the word elaborate
Brit.  |ɪˈlæbərət|  British pronunciation of the word elaborate


- add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing(syn: dilate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, lucubrate)
- produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
- make more complex, intricate, or richer (syn: complicate, rarify, refine)
- work out in detail


- marked by complexity and richness of detail(syn: luxuriant)
- developed or executed with care and in minute detail(syn: detailed, elaborated)


They made elaborate preparations for his visit.

I see now that her behavior was all part of an elaborate plan.

The dancers were wearing elaborate costumes.

He told the story in elaborate detail.

I'll be glad to elaborate if you want to hear more.

She was asked to say more about her earlier statements, but she declined to elaborate.

Please elaborate on this question, we need to know more.

Honey is elaborated by the bee.

The sun, under whose influence one plant elaborates nutriment for man.

pure silks embroidered with elaborate patterns

He said he had new evidence, but refused to elaborate any further.

McDonald refused to elaborate on his reasons for resigning.

She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation

The bee elaborates honey

the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion

Word forms

I/you/we/they: elaborate
he/she/it: elaborates
present participle: elaborating
past tense: elaborated
past participle: elaborated
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