detail

[ noun dih-teyl, dee-teyl; verb dih-teyl or for 13, dee-teyl ]
/ noun dɪˈteɪl, ˈdi teɪl; verb dɪˈteɪl or for 13, ˈdi teɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for detail

    in detail, item by item; with particulars: The résumé stated his qualifications in detail.

Origin of detail

1595–1605; < French détail, Old French, noun derivative of detailler ‘to cut in pieces’, equivalent to de- dis-1 + tailler ‘to cut’ < Vulgar Latin *taliāre; see tailor1

OTHER WORDS FROM detail

pre·de·tail, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for in detail

detail
/ (ˈdiːteɪl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for detail

C17: from French détail, from Old French detailler to cut in pieces, from de- dis- 1 + tailler to cut; see tailor
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Idioms and Phrases with in detail (1 of 2)

in detail

With close attention to particulars; thoroughly. For example, She explained her theory in detail. It is also put as go into detail, meaning “to investigate thoroughly,” as in You know what I mean, so I needn't go into detail. The first expression dates from about 1600, the second from the late 1800s.

Idioms and Phrases with in detail (2 of 2)

detail

see in detail.

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