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English adjective: elaborate

1. elaborate marked by complexity and richness of detail

SamplesAn elaborate lace pattern.




2. elaborate developed or executed with care and in minute detail

SamplesA detailed plan.
The elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion.
The carefully elaborated theme.

Synonymsdetailed, elaborated



English verb: elaborate

1. elaborate (communication) add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

SamplesShe elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation.

ExamplesThey elaborate that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsdilate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate

Narrower (hyponym)detail, exemplify, exposit, expound, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify

Antonymsabbreviate, abridge, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut

2. elaborate (creation) produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product

SamplesThe bee elaborates honey.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make, produce

3. elaborate (change) make more complex, intricate, or richer

SamplesRefine a design or pattern.

Synonymscomplicate, rarify, refine

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)develop, involve, sophisticate

4. elaborate (change) work out in detail

SamplesElaborate a plan.

Synonymswork out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)develop, make grow

Verb groupwork out, work up

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