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Meaning of elaborate

e•lab•o•rate

Pronunciation: (adj.i-lab'ur-itv.i-lab'u-rāt&sec), [key]
— adj., v., -rat•ed, -rat•ing.
—adj.
  1. worked out with great care and nicety of detail; executed with great minuteness: elaborate preparations; elaborate care.
  2. marked by intricate and often excessive detail; complicated.
—v.t.
  1. to work out carefully or minutely; develop to perfection.
  2. to add details to; expand.
  3. to produce or develop by labor.
  4. to convert (food, plasma, etc.) by means of chemical processes into a substance more suitable for use within the body.
—v.i.
  1. to add details in writing, speaking, etc.; give additional or fuller treatment (usually fol. by on or upon): to elaborate upon a theme or an idea.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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