elaborate Definition

  • 1involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning
  • 2developed or executed with care and exactness

Using elaborate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "elaborate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The wedding cake was an elaborate creation with multiple tiers and intricate decorations.

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    The plan for the new building was very elaborate and included many different features.

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    She gave an elaborate explanation of the scientific process involved in the experiment.

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    The elaborate costumes worn by the dancers were a highlight of the performance.

elaborate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for elaborate

Idioms Using elaborate

  • go to elaborate lengths

    to put in a lot of effort and time to achieve something


    He went to elaborate lengths to plan the perfect proposal for his girlfriend.

  • to provide more detail or explanation to support one's argument or opinion


    She elaborated her point by giving several examples to illustrate her argument.

  • to develop or expand upon a particular idea or concept


    The author elaborated on the theme of love throughout the novel.

Phrases with elaborate

  • to provide more detail or information about something


    Can you elaborate on your plans for the project?

  • a complex and carefully planned strategy or plot


    The criminals had devised an elaborate scheme to rob the bank.

  • an intricate and carefully planned deception


    The elaborate hoax fooled many people into believing the story was true.

Origins of elaborate

from Latin 'elaboratus', meaning 'worked out'


Summary: elaborate in Brief

The term 'elaborate' [ɪˈlabərət] refers to something that is detailed and complicated in design and planning, often involving many carefully arranged parts. It can describe anything from a complex building plan to an intricate wedding cake. 'Elaborate' can also be used as a verb to mean providing more detail or information about something, as in 'Can you elaborate on your plans for the project?'

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