1. [ adjective ] marked by complexity and richness of detail
Synonyms: luxuriant intricate

"an elaborate lace pattern"

Related terms: fancy
2. [ verb ] add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
Synonyms: expound enlarge exposit expand dilate lucubrate flesh_out expatiate

"She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"

Related terms: abridge clarify exemplify set_forth specify detail amplification exposition expansion expatiation dilation expansion lucubration
3. [ adjective ] developed or executed with care and in minute detail
Synonyms: detailed elaborated

"a detailed plan" "the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- John Buchan "the carefully elaborated theme"

Related terms: careful
4. [ verb ] produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product

"The bee elaborates honey"

Related terms: produce elaboration
5. [ verb ] make more complex, intricate, or richer
Synonyms: complicate refine rarify

"refine a design or pattern"

Related terms: change involve develop sophisticate complication refinement complicatedness
6. [ verb ] work out in detail
Synonyms: work_out

"elaborate a plan"

Related terms: develop evolve elaboration
Similar spelling:   elaborated