Meaning of “elaborate” in the English Dictionary

"elaborate" in British English

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uk /iˈlæb.ər.ət/ us /iˈlæb.ɚ.ət/

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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adverb uk /iˈlæb.ər.ə us /iˈlæb.ɚ.ə

It was the most elaborately decorated cake - all sugar flowers and bows.

elaborateverb [ I ]

uk /iˈlæb.ə.reɪt/ us /iˈlæb.ə.reɪt/ formal
noun [ C or U ] uk /iˌlæb.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ us /iˌlæb.əˈreɪ.ʃən/

This point needs greater elaboration.

(Definition of “elaborate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elaborate" in American English

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us /ɪˈlæb·ə·rət/

containing a lot of connected parts or many complicated details:

an elaborate ceremony
an elaborate fireworks display
They had created elaborate computer programs to run the system.
adverb us /ɪˈlæb·ə·rət·li/

an elaborately decorated dining room

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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