from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Planned or executed with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details.
  • adj. Intricate and rich in detail.
  • transitive v. To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly.
  • transitive v. To produce by effort; create.
  • intransitive v. To become elaborate.
  • intransitive v. To express at greater length or in greater detail: asked me to elaborate on my proposal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated
  • adj. intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy
  • v. (used with on when used with an object) To give further detail or explanation (about).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking
  • transitive v. To produce with labor.
  • transitive v. To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labor and study, or by successive operations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce with labor; work out; produce in general.
  • Specifically To improve or refine by successive operations; work out with great care; work up fully or perfectly.
  • To be or become elaborate; be elaborated.
  • Wrought with labor; finished with great care and nicety of detail; much studied; executed with exactness; highly finished: as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance.
  • Synonyms Labored, perfected, highly wrought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • v. work out in detail
  • adj. marked by complexity and richness of detail
  • v. produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
  • adj. developed or executed with care and in minute detail
  • v. make more complex, intricate, or richer


Latin ēlabōrātus, past participle of ēlabōrāre, to work out : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + labōrāre, to work (from labor, work).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1575, from Late Latin ēlabōrātus ("worked out"), past participle of ēlabōrō ("to work out"), from ē- (ex-, "out, forth, fully") + labor ("work, toil, exertion"). More at e-, labour. (Wiktionary)



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