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1    careful, detailed, exact, intricate, laboured, minute, painstaking, perfected, precise, skilful, studied, thorough  
2    complex, complicated, decorated, detailed, extravagant, fancy, fussy, involved, ornamented, ornate, ostentatious, showy  
3    add detail, amplify, complicate, decorate, develop, devise, embellish, enhance, enlarge, expand (upon), flesh out, garnish, improve, ornament, polish, produce, refine, work out  
,       adj  
2    basic, minimal, modest, plain, severe, simple, unadorned, unembellished, unfussy  
      vb   abbreviate, condense, put in a nutshell, reduce to essentials, simplify, streamline, summarize, truncate  
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     ( elaborates    3rd person present)   ( elaborating    present participle)   ( elaborated    past tense & past participle  )
The adjective is pronounced ɪlæbərət. The verb is pronounced ɪlæbəreɪt.     
1       adj   You use elaborate to describe something that is very complex because it has a lot of different parts.  
usu ADJ n   (=complicated)  
...an elaborate research project., ...an elaborate ceremony that lasts for eight days.     
2       adj   Elaborate plans, systems, and procedures are complicated because they have been planned in very great detail, sometimes too much detail.  
usu ADJ n   (=complicated)  
...elaborate efforts at the highest level to conceal the problem., ...an elaborate management training scheme for graduates.     
  elaborately      adv  
It was clearly an elaborately planned operation.     
3       adj   Elaborate clothing or material is made with a lot of detailed artistic designs.  
usu ADJ n  
He is known for his elaborate costumes.     
  elaborately      adv  
...elaborately costumed dolls.     
4       verb   If you elaborate a plan or theory, you develop it by making it more complicated and more effective.  
His task was to elaborate policies which would make a market economy compatible with a clean environment.      V n  
  elaboration      n-uncount   oft N of n  
...the elaboration of specific policies and mechanisms.     
5       verb   If you elaborateon something that has been said, you say more about it, or give more details.  
A spokesman declined to elaborate on a statement released late yesterday...      V on n  
Would you care to elaborate?      V  

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having a moustache, especially a bushy, long or elaborate one
Ex: Interrogated about the prime suspect he had lately spotted in a restaurant, the poet surprisingly claimed: "He was looking trim and was moustachioed eating an ice cream which was pistachioed".
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