• Intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy.

    "I stared for hours at the elaborate pattern in the rug."

  • Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated.

    "After reading a long, elaborate description, I was impressed but no wiser."


  • (intransitive) (used with on when used with an object) To give further detail or explanation (about).

    "Could you elaborate on the plot for your novel for me?"

  • "What do you mean you didn't come home last night? Would you care to elaborate?"

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