Synonyms of elaborate
1 complicatedDictionary • an elaborate research project
complicated • a complicated voting system
detailed • detailed line drawings
complex • in-depth coverage of today's complex issues
careful • He decided to prosecute her after careful consideration of all the facts.
exact • She is very punctual and very exact in her duties.
precise • They speak very precise English.
thorough • The men were expert, thorough and careful.
painstaking • Police carried out a painstaking search of the area.
2 ornateDictionary • a designer known for his elaborate costumes
ornate • an ornate gilded staircase
involved • The operation can be quite involved, requiring special procedures.
fancy • It was packaged in a fancy plastic case with attractive graphics.
extravagant • The couple wed in extravagant style in 1995.
intricate • intricate patterns and motifs
baroque • He was a baroque figure dressed in theatrical, but elegant, clothes.
ostentatious • the ostentatious lifestyle of the nouveau riche
florid • the cast-iron fireplace and the florid ceiling
1 developDictionary • The plan was elaborated by five members of the council.
develop • They allowed me to develop their original idea.
improve • The weather is beginning to improve.
polish • Polish up your writing skills on a one-week course.
decorate • He decorated the box with glitter and ribbons.
refine • Surgical techniques are constantly being refined.
garnish • She had prepared the vegetables and was garnishing the roast.
ornament • The Egyptians ornamented their mirrors with carved handles of ivory, gold, or wood.
2 expand upon • A spokesman declined to elaborate on the statement. usually with on or upon
embellish • He embellished the story with invented dialogue and extra details.
add detail to
, put in a nutshell
, reduce to essentials
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baroqueBaroque things are complicated and elaborate.
• He was a baroque figure dressed in theatrical, but elegant, clothes.
carefulCareful work, thought, or examination is thorough and shows a concern for details.
• He decided to prosecute her after careful consideration of all the facts.
complexSomething that is complex has many different parts, and is therefore often difficult to understand.
• in-depth coverage of today's complex issues
Thesaurus for elaborate from the Collins English Thesaurus
planned or executed with care and exactness; detailed