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Examine vs Elaborate - What's the difference?

examine | elaborate |

As verbs the difference between examine and elaborate

is that examine is while elaborate is (used with'' on ''when used with an object ) to give further detail or explanation (about).

As an adjective elaborate is

highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated.



Alternative forms

* examin (obsolete)


  • To observe or inspect carefully or critically.
  • He examined the crime scene for clues.
    She examined the hair sample under a microscope.
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  • With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get
  • To check the health or condition of something or someone.
  • The doctor examined the patient.
  • To determine the aptitude, skills or qualifications of someone by subjecting them to an examination.
  • To interrogate.
  • The witness was examined under oath.


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    Derived terms

    * cross-examine, cross examine * examinable * examinee * examiner * examinership * examiningly * re-examine




    (en adjective)
  • Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated.
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  • Intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy.
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  • *:The house was a big elaborate limestone affair, evidently new. Winter sunshine sparkled on lace-hung casement, on glass marquise, and the burnished bronze foliations of grille and door.
  • Verb

  • (used with'' on ''when used with an object ) To give further detail or explanation (about).
  • What do you mean you didn't come home last night? Would you care to elaborate ?
    Could you elaborate on the plot for your novel for me?