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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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Knowledge elaboration positively affects knowledge acquisition, which is an important determinant of students' satisfaction and motivation (Draskovic et al., 2004).
Attitude changes acquired through the central route of persuasion tend to be more salient, durable over time, indicative of behavior, and resistant to future messages due to higher levels of elaboration (Petty et al., 1992).
Habib Essid pointed out on the occasion, the importance of preserving the necessary flexibility in the elaboration of the regional development indicator, by planning improvements of the data base to cover other fields as the environment protection, exploitation of new technologies and consecration of principles of democracy, transparency and good governance.
Hypothesis 1: Task conflict will have a positive relationship with information elaboration.
In the analysis process, the selection and ordering of the standards elaboration themes are performed, which will facilitate the process of composing the standardization programs.
As expected, the extent to which students value the learning task was positively related to their use of cognitive strategies, such as elaboration (r = .67, p < .01) and critical thinking (r = .48, p < .01), and metacognitive strategies (r = .60, p < .01).
In a typical lecture, some examples might be prepared by the teacher and included in a visual prompt, whereas other examples or elaborations of material occur spontaneously as a result of student questions or the teachers' assessment of the students' understanding of the material.
Accordingly, the reader must approach ancient philosophical texts not as insufficiently rigorous precursors to the modern systematic treatise, but rather as elaborations of demanding and formative "spiritual exercises." Hadot draws a distinction between "philosophical discourse" and a "philosophical way of life," and he argues that the former should properly be regarded as one of several means for actualizing the latter: "Philosophical discourse, then, originates in a choice of life and an existential option--not vice versa." The student chooses the school and the way of life it embodies, and the school helps him to uncover the implications and rational foundations of his choice and to conform himself to it more thoroughly.
A recently published study, "Musical Recall Memory: Contributions of Elaboration and Depth of Processing," (1) gives some additional possibilities of what emphases might help the memorization process.
Part 1 examines the birth of a graphic language from its origins in Roman antiquity to its elaboration circa 1200.
All five issues were published during the exhibition's preparation and serve to document its conception and elaboration. Oct.
The present study was to determine whether ligation of the gene into the pYES2 yeast expression vector caused pullulan elaboration in S.
Most follow-up questions involve requests for either elaboration or explanation.
Moreover, elaboration is an important activity for promoting knowledge acquisition during collaborative learning activities (Denessen et al., 2008; Golanics & Nussbaum, 2008; Stegmann et al., 2012).