elab·o·rate /ɪˈlæbəˌret/ 及物動詞
E·lab·o·rate a. Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research.
Drawn to the life in each elaborate page. --Waller.
Syn: -- Labored; complicated; studied; perfected; high-wrought.
-- E*lab*o*rate*ly, adv. -- E*lab*o*rate*ness, n.
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.
adj 1: marked by complexity and richness of detail; "an elaborate
lace pattern" [syn: luxuriant]
2: 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" [syn: detailed, elaborated]
v 1: 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"
[syn: lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh
out, expand, expound, dilate] [ant: abridge]
2: produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more
developed product; "The bee elaborates honey"
3: make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or
pattern" [syn: complicate, refine, rarify]
4: work out in detail; "elaborate a plan" [syn: work out]