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Adjective elaborate has 2 senses
  1. elaborate, luxuriant - marked by complexity and richness of detail; "an elaborate lace pattern"
    Antonym: plain (indirect, via fancy)
  2. detailed, elaborate, elaborated - developed or executed with care and in minute detail; "a detailed plan"; "the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- John Buchan; "the carefully elaborated theme"
    Antonym: careless (indirect, via careful)
Verb elaborate has 4 senses
  1. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
    --1 is one way to clarify, clear up, elucidate
    Derived forms: noun elaboration3, noun elaboration1
    Sample sentence:
    They elaborate that there was a traffic accident
  2. elaborate - produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product; "The bee elaborates honey"
    --2 is one way to
    produce, make, create
    Derived form: noun elaboration5
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate - make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"
    --3 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Derived forms: noun elaboration2, noun elaboration4, noun elaboration5
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  4. elaborate, work out - work out in detail; "elaborate a plan"
    --4 is one way to develop, make grow
    Derived form: noun elaboration5
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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