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elaborate on (someone or something)

To expand on a particular topic or idea. To say more about someone or something. Can you elaborate on that? I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to do there. In your next draft, I think you should really elaborate on your reading of this paragraph of the novel.
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elaborate on someone or something

to give additional details about someone or something. Would you care to elaborate on that? I want to know more about Kelly. Could you elaborate on her?
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Unfortunately, giving an elaborate message for why the false information was encountered in the first place could actually backfire by increasing the long-term persistence of the false information.
In the West we have elaborate rules excluding discriminatory criteria.
Dancers in various categories are called into the arena and take center stage in their elaborate regalia.
What's so moving about these glamour-meets-decay pictures is the emotional fragility of the models, who, despite, or perhaps because of, their elaborate poses, elegant gowns, and expensive jewelry, look painfully sad once stripped of their celebrity status (which is, in any case, recognized only locally).
Singling out the structural, he elaborates on it from multiple angles, under a uniformly glaring light, and produces a sharp image much more compelling and deliberate than any captured by the naked eye.
There was not enough time to elaborate this idea in my presentation, as there is not enough time in this brief summary.
Thus, an elaborate articulation of the author's textual persona clearly contributes to moulding the reader's interpretation of the story.
Rodgers wrote, "It seems to me that the elaborate vestments worn today by many of the clergy show their personal conceit and their desire to outdo one another in regard to their elaborate appearance.
An elaborate bank heist was carried out in northern Sweden on Friday (28 February) but the robbers did not get any money.
Several members saw it more as an elaborate (perhaps over elaborate) mechanism, rather than as an entirely successful contribution to the urban landscape.
What follows is a discussion of three cases in which the courts applied both the doctrine of substance over form and the business purpose test to expose elaborate tax-avoidance schemes as sham transactions.
Elaborateness was measured on as scale of one to three where three represented the most elaborate and one represented the least elaborate kind of answer.
Under pressure from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, historians, and scholars, and despite howls of protest from the Air Force Association and the American Legion, t he Smithsonian's curator scrapped the elaborate defence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which he had prepared and simply displayed the Enola Gay with one sentence of explanation, saying that the plane "dropped the atomic bomb that ended the war and saved lives.
Schoonover, who has made a tradition of setting up increasingly elaborate displays each winter, is adding automated reindeer this year.
A number of Senators want to attach to any tax ban language setting the groundwork for an elaborate interstate sales tax system covering online and catalog sales.