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1. Planned or executed with painstaking attention to numerous parts or details: an elaborate scheme.
2. Intricate and rich in detail: a carpet with an elaborate pattern.
v. (ĭ-lăb′ə-rāt′) e·lab·o·rat·ed, e·lab·o·rat·ing, e·lab·o·rates
1. To work out with care and detail; develop thoroughly: elaborated a theory of social organization.
2. To produce or compose (a substance, for example) from simpler elements.
To explain something at greater length or in greater detail: asked me to elaborate on my proposal.

[Latin ēlabōrātus, past participle of ēlabōrāre, to work out : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + labōrāre, to work (from labor, work).]

e·lab′o·rate·ly adv.
e·lab′o·rate·ness n.
e·lab′o·ra′tion n.
e·lab′o·ra′tor n.
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Adj.1.elaborated - developed or executed with care and in minute detail; "a detailed plan"; "the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion"- John Buchan; "the carefully elaborated theme"
careful - exercising caution or showing care or attention; "they were careful when crossing the busy street"; "be careful to keep her shoes clean"; "did very careful research"; "careful art restorers"; "careful of the rights of others"; "careful about one's behavior"
References in classic literature ?
There were others again, true saintly fathers, whose faculties had been elaborated by weary toil among their books, and by patient thought, and etherealised, moreover, by spiritual communications with the better world, into which their purity of life had almost introduced these holy personages, with their garments of mortality still clinging to them.
I lavishly elaborated these people and their doings, of course.
The diction should be elaborated in the pauses of the action, where there is no expression of character or thought.
It belongs only to the French--though a few other Europeans have elaborated their forms so well as to be able to figure with extreme dignity, and yet be wholly undignified persons.
She makes no secret of them, and has, in fact, elaborated a complete system of licentious behaviour.
There is one sentence in it, however--namely: `I protest strongly against the insufferable and entirely dogmatic assertion that each separate id is a microcosm possessed of an historical architecture elaborated slowly through the series of generations.
And on these refreshing lines our plan of campaign was gradually developed and elaborated into that finished study on which Raffles would rely like any artist of the footlights.
Yes," said Percerin; "I have seen his pictures, and observed that his dresses were highly elaborated.
Daughtry elaborated on the counting trick by bringing Cocky along.
John Hartwell, its editor, elaborated an ingenious theory that got around the confessions of the two criminals and went to show that Gluck was responsible, after all, for the murder of Irene Tackley.
And it is by these A B C's I have so carefully elaborated that I shall confound you," Ernest retorted.
In later times the modest version in the "Works and Days" was elaborated, first by making Homer the opponent whom Hesiod conquered, while a later period exercised its ingenuity in working up the story of the contest into the elaborate form in which it still survives.