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elaborate

e·lab·o·rate

elaborate

 
 
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: ih lae b riht
definition 1: planned or carried out with great care and attention to numerous parts or details.
He developed an elaborate plan for his escape.
synonyms:
detailed, intricate, painstaking
antonyms:
simple
similar words:
complicated, comprehensive, exhaustive, laborious, meticulous, minute, thorough
definition 2: characterized by intricate and perhaps excessive detail.
They always give such elaborate dinner parties.The royal robes were decorated with elaborate patterns.
synonyms:
detailed, florid
antonyms:
crude, plain, simple
similar words:
baroque, busy, complicate, fancy, flamboyant, fussy, intricate, lush, luxuriant, ornate, precious, rococo
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: ih lae br eIt
inflections: elaborated, elaborates, elaborating
definition 1: to develop with attention to the minute details of.
The architects elaborated the design for the new library.
synonyms:
expand
similar words:
amplify, detail, develop, flesh out, perfect
definition 2: to create or develop by effort.
Together they elaborated a clever scheme.
similar words:
develop, devise, flesh out, prepare, work
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: ih lae br eIt
definition: to add details to something; explain more fully (often fol. by on or upon).
You make a good point, but you need to elaborate on it to make your argument truly convincing.I would like to elaborate on our proposal.
synonyms:
amplify, dilate, enlarge, expand
similar words:
add to, particularize, specify
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).