elaborate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “elaborate” in the English Dictionary

"elaborate" in British English

See all translations

elaborateadjective

uk   /ɪˈlæb.ər.ət/  us   /-ɚ-/
C2 containing a lot of ​carefuldetail or many ​detailedparts: You ​want a ​plainblouse 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 ​quitebelieve him.
More examples
elaborately
adverb uk   us   /-li/
It was the most elaborately ​decoratedcake - all ​sugarflowers and ​bows.

elaborateverb [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 ​pointneedsgreater elaboration.
(Definition of elaborate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elaborate" in American English

See all translations

elaborateadjective

 us   /ɪˈlæb·ə·rət/
containing a lot of ​connectedparts or many ​complicateddetails: an elaborate ​ceremony an elaborate ​fireworksdisplay They had ​created elaborate ​computerprograms to ​run the ​system.
elaborately
adverb  us   /ɪˈlæb·ə·rət·li/
an elaborately ​decorateddiningroom

elaborateverb [I]

 us   /ɪˈlæb·əˌreɪt/
to ​add more ​information or ​explain something that you have said: He ​refused to elaborate on why he had ​resigned.
(Definition of elaborate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of elaborate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More