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definition 1: to create or develop by effort; work out.
example: Together they elaborated a clever scheme.
definition 2: to add details to something; explain more fully (often followed by “on” or “upon”).
example: You make a good point, but you need to elaborate on it to make your argument truly convincing.
Collocations: Words that frequently occur in combination with the intransitive verb “elaborate” (definition 2)
elaborate + NOUN: ~ theory, ~ theme, ~ concept, ~point, ~ idea
elaborate + ADVERB (degree modifier): ~ fully (e.g., She hoped to have more time to elaborate fully on the proposed plan.)
elaborate + PREPOSITION: ~ on, ~ upon (Could you elaborate on your argument so that we have a clearer understanding?)