Standard suffix pronunciation: When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" in the word "hut". Click on Dictionary (w/ pronunciation) to hear the pronunciations.
Please elaborate on the reasons you think this is the best plan.
As we talked, she elaborated on her idea
It’s part of her elaborate plan for getting accepted at Harvard.
Their culture has elaborate wedding ceremonies.
It is an elaborate remake of her independent film, but this time with a Hollywood budget.
an elaborate lace pattern
Very elaborate parties were given with orchestras and champagne and often there were European visitors and these affairs would continue until dawn.
Cormac McCarthy -- All the Pretty Horses
"Yes," Sue said, and did not elaborate.
Stephen King -- Carrie
Ammu had an elaborate Calcutta wedding.
Arundhati Roy -- The God of Small Things
There are no organization charts, no budgets, no elaborate strategic plans.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
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I have no practice in elaborate speeches,
Homer -- The Odyssey
She didn’t elaborate, content to let her comment stand.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
A fire was crackling under an elaborately carved mantelpiece
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
These three had elaborated old Major’s teachings into a complete system of thought, to which they gave the name of Animalism.
George Orwell -- Animal Farm
It was a simple occurrence, elaborately told.
Toni Morrison -- Song of Solomon
When he spoke, his voice was steady, like a professor elaborating on a subject he taught.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One
Billy hadn’t said much since regaining consciousness, hadn’t responded very elaborately to the news of Valencia’s death and...
Kurt Vonnegut -- Slaughterhouse-Five
He was mad, as if I’d elaborately planned getting sick.
Sarah Dessen -- Someone Like You
The skirt of her flowered dress trailed after her making a rustling noise as she walked and her yellow silk turban was elaborately tied.
Jean Rhys -- Wide Sargasso Sea
It’s an awful lot to take in, this elaborate plan in which I was a piece,
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
It was that night he sent for me at his dance, and you should have heard the elaborate way he worked up to it.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby
He took on the elaborate manner of little girls when they are mimicking one another.
John Steinbeck -- Of Mice and Men
In mid-April, it was their mission to search out and destroy the elaborate tunnel complexes in the Than Khe area south of Chu Lai.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
She didn’t elaborate any further, and I knew right then that she was holding something back, something that she couldn’t tell me, something that made her sad as well.
Nicholas Sparks -- A Walk to Remember
Even without all the elaborate arrangements, there was little chance of anyone tracing us back to Blount.
Robert Cormier -- I Am the Cheese
Everywhere, extensive and elaborate planting emphasized the feeling that they were entering a new world, a prehistoric tropical world,
Michael Crichton -- Jurassic Park
She was dressed in bright red from the top of her elaborate turban to the tips of her polished fingernails,
Sharon M. Draper -- Forged by Fire
It was carved with elaborate scenes of death and destruction, pictures of the gods being trodden under chariots, temples and famous world landmarks being smashed and burned.
Rick Riordan -- The Battle of the Labyrinth
I think he believed it was something more elaborate than bread pudding.
Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms
And with an elaborate sea-salute, this fellow ... stepped coolly towards the door and disappeared out of the house.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Treasure Island
The men stepped out in evening clothes and the women stepped out after them, their hair coiffed up in elaborate detail.
Ray Bradbury -- The Martian Chronicles
he opened the coffee-room door for her, and made her the most approved and elaborate bow, which the fashion of the time dictated,
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
led me down a flight of stairs into the mysterious basement corridors that linked, in an elaborate network of tunnels and burrows, all the various buildings of the hospital.
Sylvia Plath -- The Bell Jar
He didn’t elaborate.
Sarah Dessen -- Dreamland
She wore a blue silk afternoon dress, and he was disappointed at first that she had not put on something more elaborate.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Winter Dreams
I should not elaborate in this public place.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
Only when I swallowed did I realize they were both looking at me, waiting for me to elaborate.
Sarah Dessen -- The Truth About Forever
Since the last time Peyton had come home smelling like beer, her parents had instituted a strict accountability program involving constant tracking, elaborate sniff tests, and surprise room searches.
Sarah Dessen -- Lock and Key
A simple face-mask and oxygen set would take care of that: there was no need for anything elaborate.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
He hated to be separated from the picture that was such a part of his life, and was also afraid that during his absence someone might gain access to the room, in spite of the elaborate bars that he had caused to be placed upon the door.
Oscar Wilde -- The Picture of Dorian Gray
So he arranges an elaborate masquerade.
Agatha Christie -- Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
Reading it once more after so many years, I’ve had to resist a nervous itch to touch it up here, to change it there, to clarify, correct, elaborate, cut.
Dalton Trumbo -- Johnny Got His Gun
At first she thought it had all been some elaborate joke,
J.D. Robb -- Immortal in Death
we spent a lot of time concocting elaborate plans that we never had the nerve to carry out.
Jill McCorkle -- Ferris Beach
Dr. Vishnubakat said That’s interesting, can you elaborate?
Nicole Krauss -- The History of Love
He ... refused to or was unable to elaborate.
J.D. Robb -- Glory in Death
The next February, they had an extra-elaborate Chinese New Year’s dinner, with cunning little dumplings, and balls, and buns, in addition to the usual hot pot with gold-chain bean threads.
Gish Jen -- Typical American
I wasn’t sure if I actually knew this or was just elaborating on what the girl in the restaurant had told me.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Bean Trees
Brinker turned elaborately toward him.
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
reporters and inquirers were already at work elaborating the matter.