US: /ɪˈɫæbɝˌeɪt/, /ɪˈɫæbɹət/

English Vietnamese dictionary

elaborate /i'læbərit/
  • tính từ
    • phức tạp
      • an elaborate machine-tool: một máy công cụ phức tạp
    • tỉ mỉ, kỹ lưỡng, công phu; trau chuốt, tinh vi
      • an elaborate investigation: một cuộc điều tra tỉ mỉ
      • elaborate style: văn trau chuốt
      • an elaborate work of art: một tác phẩm nghệ thuật tinh vi
  • ngoại động từ
    • thảo tỉ mỉ, thảo kỹ lưỡng, sửa soạn công phu; làm công phu, trau chuốt (văn); dựng lên
      • to elaborate a theory: dựng lên một lý thuyết
    • (sinh vật học) chế tạo ra, sản ra
    • nội động từ
      • nói thêm, cho thêm chi tiết
        • to on a problem: nói thêm về một vấn đề, cho thêm chi tiết về một vấn đề
      • trở thành tỉ mỉ; trở thành tinh vi

    Advanced English dictionary

    adjective, verb
    + adjective [usually before noun] very complicated and detailed; carefully prepared and organized: elaborate designs / decorations + She had prepared a very elaborate meal. + an elaborate computer system
    elaborately adverb: an elaborately decorated room
    + verb
    1 ~ (on / upon sth) to explain or describe sth in a more detailed way: [V] He said he was resigning but did not elaborate on his reasons. + [VN] She went on to elaborate her argument. [also V speech]
    2 [VN] to develop a plan, an idea, etc. and make it complicated or detailed: In his plays he takes simple traditional tales and elaborates them.
    elaboration noun [U, C]: the elaboration of an idea / a theory + The importance of the plan needs no further elaboration.

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 detailed, painstaking, meticulous, punctilious, comprehensive, thorough, complete, exhaustive, intricate, involved, minute, precise, exact:
    The escape had been worked out in elaborate detail.
    2 complicated, complex, convoluted, ornate, fancy, Byzantine, laborious, laboured, extravagant, showy; ornamented, decorated, baroque, rococo, busy, fussy, gingerbread:
    We marvelled at the elaborate mosaics. His plan is too elaborate and should be simplified.
    3 ornament, decorate, complicate, embellish, garnish, adorn:
    Later craftsmen elaborated the earlier Greek motifs.
    4 enlarge, expand (upon or on), expatiate, develop, cultivate, flesh out, enhance, refine, enrich, improve, better, ameliorate, emend, polish:
    Later on, I shall elaborate on the recruitment methods we used.

    Collocation dictionary


    be, look, seem, sound
    The plans looked very elaborate.
    | become


    exceptionally, extremely, highly, very
    highly elaborate carvings
    | increasingly | fairly, quite, rather


    This point will be elaborated further in the next chapter.
    | at length


    attempt to, try to | refuse to


    They refused to elaborate on the reasons for their decision.

    Concise English dictionary

    +add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
    +produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
    +make more complex, intricate, or richer
    +work out in detail
    +marked by complexity and richness of detail
    +developed or executed with care and in minute detail