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"elaborate" in British English

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elaborateadjective

uk   /iˈlæb.ər.ət/  us   /iˈlæb.ɚ.ət/
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.

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elaborately
adverb uk   /iˈlæb.ər.ət.li/  us   /iˈlæb.ɚ.ət.li/
It was the most elaborately ​decoratedcake - all ​sugarflowers and ​bows.

elaborateverb [I]

uk   /iˈlæb.ə.reɪt/  us   /iˈlæb.ə.reɪt/ formal
elaboration
noun [C or U] uk   /iˌlæb.əˈreɪ.ʃən/  us   /iˌlæb.əˈreɪ.ʃən/
This ​pointneedsgreater elaboration.
(Definition of elaborate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
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