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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 E·lab·o·rate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elaborated p. pr. & vb. n. Elaborating ]
 1. To produce with labor
    They in full joy elaborate a sigh,   --Young.
 2. To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labor and study, or by successive operations; as, to elaborate a painting or a literary work.
    The sap is . . . still more elaborated and exalted as it circulates through the vessels of the plant.   --Arbuthnot.