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Definition 1: make more complex, intricate, or richer - [verb of change]

Samples where elaborate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refine a design or pattern

Synonyms for elaborate in the sense of this definition

(elaborate is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of elaborate ) make complex or intricate or complicated

"The situation was rather involved"

(... is a kind of elaborate ) elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme

"develop the melody and change the key"

(... is a kind of elaborate ) make more complex or refined

"a sophisticated design"

Definition 2: work out in detail - [verb of change]

Samples where elaborate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • elaborate a plan

Synonyms for elaborate in the sense of this definition

(elaborate is a kind of ...) cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development

"The perfect climate here develops the grain" "He developed a new kind of apple"

(elaborate has a similar meaning as ...) come up with

"His colleagues worked out his interesting idea" "We worked up an ad for our client"

Definition 3: add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing - [verb of communication]

Samples where elaborate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation

Synonyms for elaborate in the sense of this definition

(elaborate is a kind of ...) make clear and (more) comprehensible

"clarify the mystery surrounding her death"

(... is a kind of elaborate ) provide details for

(... is a kind of elaborate ) state

"set forth one's reasons"

(... is a kind of elaborate ) clarify by giving an example of

(... is a kind of elaborate ) be specific about

"Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"

Definition 4: produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product - [verb of creation]

Samples where elaborate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The bee elaborates honey

(elaborate is a kind of ...) create or manufacture a man-made product

"We produce more cars than we can sell" "The company has been making toys for two centuries"

Definition 5: developed or executed with care and in minute detail - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where elaborate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a detailed plan
  • the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion
  • the carefully elaborated theme

Synonyms for elaborate in the sense of this definition

(elaborate is similar to ...) exercising caution or showing care or attention

"they were careful when crossing the busy street" "be careful to keep her shoes clean" "did very careful research" "careful art restorers" "careful of the rights of others" "careful about one's behavior"

Definition 6: marked by complexity and richness of detail - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where elaborate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an elaborate lace pattern

Synonyms for elaborate in the sense of this definition

(elaborate is similar to ...) not plain; decorative or ornamented

"fancy handwriting" "fancy clothes"

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