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 for elaborate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elaborate \E*lab"o*rate\, a. [L. elaboratus, p. p. of elaborare
     to work out; e out + laborare to labor, labor labor. See
     Labor.]
     Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied;
     executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate
     discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research.
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           Drawn to the life in each elaborate page. --Waller.
  
     Syn: Labored; complicated; studied; perfected; high-wrought.
          -- E*lab"o*rate*ly, adv. -- E*lab"o*rate*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elaborate \E*lab"o*rate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elaborated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Elaborating.]
     1. To produce with labor
        [1913 Webster]
  
              They in full joy elaborate a sigh,    --Young.
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     2. To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with
        labor and study, or by successive operations; as, to
        elaborate a painting or a literary work.
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              The sap is . . . still more elaborated and exalted
              as it circulates through the vessels of the plant.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  elaborate
      adj 1: marked by complexity and richness of detail; "an
             elaborate lace pattern" [syn: elaborate, luxuriant]
      2: 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" [syn: detailed, elaborate,
         elaborated]
      v 1: add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning
           of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She
           elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" [syn:
           elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit,
           enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate]
           [ant: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut,
           foreshorten, reduce, shorten]
      2: produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more
         developed product; "The bee elaborates honey"
      3: make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or
         pattern" [syn: complicate, refine, rarify, elaborate]
      4: work out in detail; "elaborate a plan" [syn: elaborate,
         work out]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  222 Moby Thesaurus words for "elaborate":
     Babylonian, Byzantine, Corinthian, Gongoresque, Gongoristic,
     Marinistic, adorn, affected, amplify, arabesque, artificial,
     assemble, assiduous, awe-inspiring, awful, balled up, barbaric,
     baroque, beautify, build, busy, cast, chichi, clarify, comment,
     complete, complex, complicated, compose, compound, concoct,
     confounded, confused, construct, convolute, convoluted, crabbed,
     create, cultivate, daedal, decorate, decorated, deluxe, descant,
     detail, detailed, develop, devious, devise, dilate, diligent,
     discuss, dressy, dwell upon, elaborated, elegant, embellish,
     embellished, embrangled, embroider, enlarge, enlarge upon, enrich,
     entangled, enter into detail, erect, euphuistic, evolve, expand,
     expatiate, explain, explicate, expound, extravagant, extrude,
     fabricate, fancy, fashion, festoon, fine, finish, flamboyant,
     florid, flourish, flowery, form, formulate, fouled up, frame,
     frilly, fudge together, fussy, get up, gild, glorious, go into,
     gordian, grand, grandiose, high-wrought, hyperelegant, implicated,
     imposing, impressive, indite, industrious, interpret, intricate,
     involuted, involve, involved, knotted, knotty, labor, labored,
     labyrinthian, labyrinthine, load with ornament, loused up,
     luxuriant, luxurious, magnificent, majestic, make, make up,
     mannered, manufacture, many-faceted, matted, mature, mazy,
     meandering, messed up, mixed up, mold, moresque, mucked up,
     multifarious, noble, operose, ornament, ornate, ostentatious,
     overcharge, overdone, overelaborate, overelegant, overlabored,
     overlay, overload, overnice, overrefined, overworked, overwrought,
     painstaking, palatial, particularize, patch together, perfect,
     perplexed, picturesque, piece together, plush, polish, posh,
     precieuse, precieux, precious, prefabricate, prepare, pretentious,
     pretty-pretty, princely, produce, proud, put together, put up,
     raise, ramified, rear, refine, rehearse in extenso,
     relate at large, rich, ripen, ritzy, rococo, roundabout, run up,
     screwed up, season, sedulous, set up, shape, snarled,
     sophisticated, spell out, splendacious, splendid, splendiferous,
     stately, studied, subtle, sumptuous, superb, superfancy, superfine,
     swank, swanky, swell, tangled, tangly, thorough, thoroughgoing,
     trick out, twisted, unfold, unnatural, varnish, whomp up, work out,
     write
  
  

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