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elaborate

verb

1 elaborate

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.

synonyms: dilate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate.

Roget 673: prepare; get ready, make ready; make preparations, settle preliminaries, get up, sound the note of preparation.    set in order, put in order etc. (arrange) 60; forecast ... show more

Roget 658: improve; be better, become better, get better; mend, amend.    advance etc. (progress) 282; ascend etc. 305; increase ... show more

Dutch: uitweiden, verklaren, exponeren, uiteendoen, uiteenzetten



2 elaborate

Produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product.

3 elaborate

Make more complex, intricate, or richer.

synonyms: complicate, rarify, refine.

Dutch: compliceren

4 elaborate

Work out in detail:
— Elaborate a plan.

synonym: work out.

Roget 729: effect, effectuate; accomplish, achieve, compass, consummate, hammer out; bring to maturity, bring to perfection; perfect, complete; elaborate.    do, execute, ... show more

adjective

1 elaborate

Marked by complexity and richness of detail:
— An elaborate lace pattern.

synonym: luxuriant.

Roget 686: laboring etc. v.. laborious, operose, elaborate; strained; toilsome, troublesome, wearisome; uphill; herculean, gymnastic, palestric.    ... show more

Roget 673: preparing etc. v.; in preparation, in course of preparation, in agitation, in embryo, in hand, in train; afoot, afloat; on foot, on the stocks, on the anvil; ... show more

2 elaborate

Developed or executed with care and in minute detail:
— The elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion.
— The carefully elaborated theme.

synonyms: detailed, elaborated.

Polish: gruntowny, solidny, szczegółowy


Moby thesaurus: Babylonian, Byzantine, Corinthian, Gongoresque, Gongoristic, Marinistic, adorn, affected, amplify, arabesque, artificial, assemble, assiduous, awe-inspiring, awful, balled up, barbaric, baroque, beautify, build ... show more.

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