V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, verb

Definition: (adj.) having many details or elements; (v.) to explain in detail

Synonyms: (adj.) complicated, detailed, complex, intricate, thorough, (v.) explain, describe, expand, amplify, embellish

Antonyms: simplify, simple, plain

Tips: When elaborate is a verb, the second "a" is long in the pronunciation. When it is an adjective, the second "a" is short.

Usage Examples:

I don't really understand the details of your plan, so I would appreciate it if you could elaborate. (expand, explain) verb

The wedding gown was most beautiful because of its elaborate details. (ornate, detailed) adjective

Don't invest money in this business scheme until your potential partner agrees to elaborate on its details. (describe, expand) verb

John planned on cooking an elaborate, six-course dinner for Sara. (intricate, complicated) adjective

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