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Definition of "elaborate" []

  • Planned or executed with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details. (adjective)
  • Intricate and rich in detail. (adjective)
  • To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce by effort; create. (verb-transitive)
  • To become elaborate. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "elaborate" in a sentence
  • "Editors at "USA Today" say one of their former reporters engaged in what they call elaborate deception in a story claiming the Serb military ordered ethnic cleansing in Kosovo."
  • "Horrorfest brought them out in elaborate splendor."
  • "The boys got off to rough start when they came on stage in elaborate costumes and make up and Kimmel asked if they were "hit by Siegfried and Roy's tour bus.""