Definition of elaborate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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BrE BrE//ɪˈlæbərət//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæbərət//
[usually before noun] very complicated and detailed; carefully prepared and organized elaborate designs She had prepared a very elaborate meal. an elaborate computer system
Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘produced by effort of labour’): from Latin elaborat- ‘worked out’, from the verb elaborare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + labor ‘work’.Extra examples highly elaborate carvings It all turned out to be an elaborate hoax. The ceiling was tiled in an elaborate pattern. This elaborate deception fooled his family for ages.
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