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Definition of elaborate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elaborate
    he / she / it elaborates
    past simple elaborated
    -ing form elaborating
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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. elaboration
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  4. NAmE//ɪˌlæbəˈreɪʃn//
    noun [uncountable, countable] the elaboration of an idea The importance of the plan needs no further elaboration.
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