Use the adjective elaborate when you want to describe how something is very detailed or especially complicated, like a devilish prank planned out weeks in advance.
The adjective elaborate is used to describe when something is planned with a lot of attention to detail or when something is intricate or detailed itself. The word comes from the Latin elaborare, which means "to produce by labor" but it has come to mean a lot of labor, especially work that is very complicated and precise. To imagine this word, think of a painting with lots of flourishes or a story with many sub-plots and characters that all fit together in extensive ways.
Primary Meanings of elaborate
marked by complexity and richness of detail
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
v add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
cut, edit, edit out
cut and assemble the components of
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provide details for
exposit, expound, set forth
exemplify, illustrate, instance
clarify by giving an example of
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify
be specific about
depict, describe, draw
give a description of
set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
make explicit; specify in detail
v make more complex, intricate, or richer
make complex or intricate or complicated
elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
make more complex or refined