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adjective American English pronunciation: elaborate /ɪˈlæb(ə)rət/

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  1. very detailed and complicated

    The government's new healthcare plan is the most elaborate yet.

    1. a.
      used about something that is more complicated than is practical or necessary

      I took little notice of John's elaborate preparations for travel.

    2. b.
      used about something that has a lot of extra details or features that make it special

      There are times when it is appropriate to have a more elaborate flower arrangement.

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