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elaborate

e·lab·o·rate

elaborate

 
 
parts of speech:
adjective, verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: ih lae b riht
definition: planned or carried out with great care and attention to details.
He made up an elaborate game for us to play.
synonyms:
detailed, intricate
antonyms:
simple
similar words:
complicated, comprehensive, minute, thorough
 
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: ih lae br eIt
inflections: elaborated, elaborates, elaborating
definition: to add details to something; explain more fully (often followed by "on" or "upon").
Elaborate on your ideas for building a new library.
similar words:
add to
derivations: elaborative (adj.), elaborately (adv.), elaborateness (n.), elaborator (n.)
Word Parts
The word elaborate contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
labor, laborat, lab Latin root that means to work
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).