|1.||[ adjective ] marked by complexity and richness of detail|
"an elaborate lace pattern"
|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|
"a detailed plan" "the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- John Buchan "the carefully elaborated theme"
|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|
"elaborate a plan"
|Related terms:||develop evolve elaboration|