- elaborates, elaborating, elaborated(The adjective is pronounced [[t]ɪlæ̱bərət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]ɪlæ̱bəreɪt[/t]].)1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n You use elaborate to describe something that is very complex because it has a lot of different parts.
...an elaborate research project.
...an elaborate ceremony that lasts for eight days.Syn:2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Elaborate plans, systems, and procedures are complicated because they have been planned in very great detail, sometimes too much detail.
...elaborate efforts at the highest level to conceal the problem...
The company has worked out an elaborate management training scheme for graduates.Syn:Derived words:elaborately ADV-GRADED
It was clearly an elaborately planned operation.3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Elaborate clothing or material is made with a lot of detailed artistic designs.
He is known for his elaborate costumes.Derived words:elaborately ADV-GRADED
...elaborately costumed dolls.4) VERB If you elaborate a plan or theory, you develop it by making it more complicated and more effective.
[V n] His task was to elaborate policies which would make a market economy compatible with a clean environment.
[V n] ...the plan elaborated by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.Derived words:elaboration [[t]ɪlæ̱bəre͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft N of n
...the elaboration of specific policies and mechanisms.5) VERB If you elaborate on something that has been said, you say more about it, or give more details.
[V on n] A spokesman declined to elaborate on a statement released late yesterday...
Would you care to elaborate?
English dictionary. 2008.