American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Planned or executed with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details.
- adj. Intricate and rich in detail.
- v. To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly.
- v. To produce by effort; create.
- v. To become elaborate.
- v. To express at greater length or in greater detail: asked me to elaborate on my proposal.
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.
- adj. Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated
- adj. intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy
- v. intransitive (used with on when used with an object) To give further detail or explanation (about).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking
- v. To produce with labor.
- v. To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labor and study, or by successive operations.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
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