adj. /i lab"euhr it/; v. /i lab"euh rayt'/, adj., v., elaborated, elaborating.adj.1. worked out with great care and nicety of detail; executed with great minuteness: elaborate preparations; elaborate care.2. marked by intricate and often excessive detail; complicated.v.t.3. to work out carefully or minutely; develop to perfection.4. to add details to; expand.5. to produce or develop by labor.6. Physiol. to convert (food, plasma, etc.) by means of chemical processes into a substance more suitable for use within the body.v.i.7. to add details in writing, speaking, etc.; give additional or fuller treatment (usually fol. by on or upon): to elaborate upon a theme or an idea.[1575-85; < L elaboratus (ptp. of elaborare) worked out, equiv. to e- E- + labor- work + -atus -ATE1]Syn. 1. perfected, painstaking. 2. ornate. ELABORATE, LABORED, STUDIED apply to that which is worked out in great detail. That which is ELABORATE is characterized by great, sometimes even excessive, minuteness of detail: elaborate preparations for a banquet. That which is LABORED is marked by excessive, often forced or uninspired, effort: a labored style of writing. That which is STUDIED is accomplished with care and deliberation, and is done purposely, sometimes even having been rehearsed: a studied pose. 3, 7. refine, improve.Ant. 1. simple.
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