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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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The report further elaborates the drivers and challenges that the industry is facing in the current market scenario.
The report further elaborates the recent scope created by the E-commerce industry for the reverse logistics sector.
It is worth noting that critical pedagogy has many critics whose concerns range from criticisms of the Marxist assumptions underlying Freire's work to criticisms of overly elaborate theories lacking in applicability, directed at the work of theorists such as Peter McLaren and Henry Giroux.
He elaborates on the Six-Sigma metric, which states that processes affecting customers should have as little variation as possible.
Thus, an elaborate articulation of the author's textual persona clearly contributes to moulding the reader's interpretation of the story.
A seemingly indefatigable booster of his alma mater, Mills, reached by cell phone on his way to Ottawa, was glad to elaborate: "I think the future of this nation is inextricably linked with St.
What the author might have done to elaborate on the motives was to reveal the role played by the Dome of Salonika in this unfolding drama.
The "Law and Analysis" segment of the ruling elaborates:
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Noting the ambivalence toward Africa so often observed by critics of Black Power, Ngwarsungu Chiwengo elaborates the point to conclude, in agreement with Shankar, that the distanced narrator, whose discourse by the way is conditioned by literary sources (which is to say, affected by Wright's developed instrument for knowing), has created a neo-colonialist work.
Thus Fernandez Santamaria in the second chapter ("God's First Provision") examines Vives's analysis of the rational tools at human disposal, including his assignment of the roles of sense impression, imagination, memory, and "fantasy" (which "elaborates and refines" impressions, 22).
Manet's Modernism elaborates on "Manet's Sources," a celebrated essay Michael Fried first published in Artforum in 1969.
It also elaborates the value chain of mobile app from development to digital publishing.
To distinguish between the figure and the ground, Johnson elaborates on two kinds of figures: cursively drawable ones, and recursive ones.
Cassuto is on more persuasive ground when he elaborates his concept of the grotesque: Whether generated by hard-wired perceptual circuitry, as he holds, or historical conceptual regimes, social and political pressures, and structures of feeling, the contradictory imperatives to recognize other humans and to deny some of them recognition as human generates much fascinating turbulence in the literary texts under examination here.