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elaborate
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —5 uses as in:
an elaborate design
Definition
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
  • I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.
    p. 33.9
elaborateness = level of detail

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay.
    p. 6.7
  • elaborate = having ornate details
  • Mrs. Wilson had changed her costume some time before, and was now attired in an elaborate afternoon dress of cream-colored chiffon, which gave out a continual rustle as she swept about the room.
    p. 30.8
  • elaborate = having fancy detail
  • I had talked with him perhaps half a dozen times in the past month and found, to my disappointment, that he had little to say: So my first impression, that he was a person of some undefined consequence, had gradually faded and he had become simply the proprietor of an elaborate road-house next door.
    p. 64.9
  • elaborate = fancy or ornate
  • It was that night he sent for me at his dance, and you should have heard the elaborate way he worked up to it.
    p. 79.3
elaborate = complicated
There are no more uses of "elaborate" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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2  —1 use as in:
an elaborate wink
Definition
to exaggerate an action
  • [Nick describing Gatsby:]  ...I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd.
    p. 48.5
elaborate = exaggerated
There are no more uses of "elaborate" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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