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English adjective: elaborate

1. elaborate marked by complexity and richness of detail


SamplesAn elaborate lace pattern.


Synonymsluxuriant


Similarfancy


Antonymsplain

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


Similarcareful


Antonymscareless


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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