elaborate

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations adjective: /ɪˈlæbərət/, verb: /ɪˈlæbəreɪt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/adj. ɪˈlæbərɪt; v. -əˌreɪt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(adj. i labər it; v. i labə rāt′)


Inflections of 'elaborate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
elaborates
v 3rd person singular
elaborating
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
elaborated
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
elaborated
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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elaborate

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
adj
  1. an elaborate [scheme, plan] to
  2. the [scheme] is getting (too) elaborate
  3. an elaborate [drawing, painting]
  4. elaborate [patterns, designs]
  5. elaborate (party) decorations
  6. elaborate and [expensive, detailed, complex]
  7. an elaborate system of [roads, canals, cables]
  8. is very elaborate-looking
  9. looks very elaborate
  10. be more elaborate with your [answer, description, explanation, writing]
  11. an over-elaborate [answer]
  12. [should, need to, ought to] be more elaborate
v
  1. elaborate on [an idea, the answer, your opinion]
  2. he didn't elaborate
  3. could you (please) elaborate (further)?
  4. would you care to elaborate?
  5. without elaborating too much on
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