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Meaning & Definition of Elaborate in English

English

Elaborate

/ɪlæbrət/

verb

1. Add details, as to an account or idea

  • Clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
    synonym:
  • elaborate
  • ,
  • lucubrate
  • ,
  • expatiate
  • ,
  • exposit
  • ,
  • enlarge
  • ,
  • flesh out
  • ,
  • expand
  • ,
  • expound
  • ,
  • dilate

2. Produce from basic elements or sources

  • Change into a more developed product
  • "The bee elaborates honey"
    synonym:
  • elaborate

3. Make more complex, intricate, or richer

  • "Refine a design or pattern"
    synonym:
  • complicate
  • ,
  • refine
  • ,
  • rarify
  • ,
  • elaborate

4. Work out in detail

  • "Elaborate a plan"
    synonym:
  • elaborate
  • ,
  • work out

adjective

1. Marked by complexity and richness of detail

  • "An elaborate lace pattern"
    synonym:
  • elaborate
  • ,
  • luxuriant

2. Developed or executed with care and in minute detail

  • "A detailed plan"
  • "The elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- john buchan
  • "The carefully elaborated theme"
    synonym:
  • detailed
  • ,
  • elaborate
  • ,
  • elaborated

Examples of using

Could you elaborate on your new theory?
Could you elaborate?