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elaborate

adjective uk   /ɪˈlæb.ər.ət/  us   /-ɚ-/
C2 containing a lot of careful detail or many detailed parts: You want a plain blouse to go with that skirt - nothing too elaborate. They're making the most elaborate preparations for the wedding. He came out with such an elaborate excuse that I didn't quite believe him.
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elaborately
adverb uk   us   /-li/
It was the most elaborately decorated cake - all sugar flowers and bows.

elaborate

verb [I] uk   us   /ɪˈlæb.ə.reɪt/ formal
to add more information to or explain something that you have said: The congresswoman said she was resigning, but refused to elaborate on her reasons for doing so.
elaboration
noun [C or U] uk   us   /ɪˌlæb.əˈreɪ.ʃən/
This point needs greater elaboration.
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