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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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He elaborates on this point by closely examining such Wilson plays as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Seven Guitars, Fences, Jitney, and King Hedley II.
These studies also seek to elaborate the conceptual frameworks and theoretical issues that different approaches to interfaith education presuppose.
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.
Elaborate glass facets and distortions of light restrict the viewer to the exterior.
He elaborates on the Six-Sigma metric, which states that processes affecting customers should have as little variation as possible.
In order to solve this theoretical void, she entangled herself in the development of a literary theory which elaborates on the analysis of the narratorial voice and the relationship between text and social reality.
Thus, an elaborate articulation of the author's textual persona clearly contributes to moulding the reader's interpretation of the story.
In many respects Kayali corrects, updates and further elaborates on preceding works (as listed above).
It is followed by the section Market Overview section which elaborates the global & Indian market state of mobile advertising market, mobile advertising benefits, elaborating the various advantages of mobile advertising, and mobile advertisement formats which elaborate the various formats available for mobile advertising such as mobile messaging, web, media & application.
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.
Manet's Modernism elaborates on "Manet's Sources," a celebrated essay Michael Fried first published in Artforum in 1969.