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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?
See also: elaborate, on
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Theories of interdependence as elaborated by Keohane and Nye (1977) point to the unequal cost of inter-state transactions and elaborate the shifts of power in the international system of nation-states.
Naeem Khan Joint Registrar Company Registration Office Karachi elaborated the procedures encompassing Company Incorporation.
In the latter, he first offers the picture of "resonances and interferences" between philosophy and other disciplines, later elaborated in What Is Philosophy?
PESHAWAR, January 22, 2010 (Frontier Star): Senior Provincial Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour has elaborated that there was no secret agency named 'Black-Water' present in Pakistan.
It was an event, a performance, a challenge to spectators--elaborate and much elaborated, all exceeding the frame.
The conceptual framework on which Gelber's historical account rests, however, is elaborated in several critical opening chapters.
In Chapter 2, "Structure and Race," Moses argues that King elaborated upon Du Bois's contention that the principal problem of the twentieth century is the color line.
Talking to a private TV channel here Wednesday, he elaborated that Supreme Court has not given its detailed judgment in the capacity of any individual but has rather taken its verdict, keeping in view constitutional requirements of the constitution.
Fascinated by the persistent human obsession with idols and surrogates and its evolution in a predominantly secular age, he elaborated entire archaeologies of humanoid form to do with physical strangeness or incongruity, from solitary puppets and dwarfs to crowds of enigmatic, laughing Chinese men.
Tilly elaborated. In this area, Gailus offers as a new clue the fact that in 1847, the Prussian authorities tried for the first time to manage without a "moral economy from above" and relied completely on the market economy.
ISLAMABAD, January 13, 2010 (Frontier Star): State Minister for Information & Broadcasting Sumsam Ali Bukhari has elaborated that some individuals in the Country have become victims of Zardari phobia and thats the reason they were airing baseless news regarding no confidence move against Presidency.
ISLAMABAD, December 12, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Former federal Minister Nilofar Bakhtiyar of PML-Q has elaborated that the ruling Government has failed altogether to meet the expectations of the masses as pinned with it after 18th February polls.
In a perhaps more elaborated way, this resonates with the "Beyond the Self" mantra of this year's Berlin Biennale and its three C's of connectedness, commitment, and contribution.
For while Lyotard shared with Clement Greenberg a sense of painting's privileged position in "Modernism," he elaborated its place in a much different way.
But "L'empreinte" often failed to coordinate the materials on view with the concepts elaborated in the accompanying catalogue.