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

     

    elaborate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlæbəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæbəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elaborate
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlæbəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæbəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it elaborates
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlæbəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæbəreɪts//
     
    past simple elaborated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlæbəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæbəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle elaborated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlæbəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæbəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form elaborating
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlæbəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlæbəreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to explain or describe something in a more detailed way elaborate (on/upon something) He said he was resigning but did not elaborate on his reasons. elaborate something She went on to elaborate her argument.
  2. 2[transitive] elaborate something to develop a plan, an idea, etc. and make it complicated or detailed In his plays he takes simple traditional tales and elaborates them.
  3. Word Origin late 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 Let me briefly elaborate on this. They refused to elaborate on the reasons for their decision. This point will be elaborated further in the next chapter.
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