flesh out

flesh out
verb
1. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
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She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation

Syn:
Ant: ↑contract (for: ↑expand)
Derivationally related forms:
Hypernyms: ↑clarify, ↑clear up, ↑elucidate
Hyponyms:
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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Somebody ——s PP

2. make fat or plump
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We will plump out that poor starving child

Syn:
fatten, ↑fat, ↑fill out, ↑plump, ↑plump out, ↑fatten out, ↑fatten up
Derivationally related forms: ↑fat (for: ↑fat)
Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑modify
Entailment: ↑feed, ↑give
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

3. become round, plump, or shapely
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The young woman is fleshing out

Syn: ↑round, ↑fill out
Hypernyms: ↑gain, ↑put on
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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PUT ON WEIGHT, gain weight, get heavier, grow fat/fatter, fatten up, get fat, fill out.
flesh

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flesh out
To give substance to or elaborate on (an idea, etc)
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Main Entry:flesh

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ˌflesh ˈout [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they flesh out he/she/it fleshes out present participle fleshing out past tense fleshed out past participle fleshed out] phrasal verb
to add more details about something in order to make it easier to understand or imagine

Her stories flesh out the world in which these historical characters lived.

Thesaurus: to make something easier to understandsynonym
Main entry: flesh

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flesh out [phrasal verb]
flesh (something) out or flesh out (something) : to provide more information about (something) : to make (something) more complete by adding details

You need to flesh out your plan with more details.

She fleshes out the characters in her novels very well.

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Main Entry:flesh

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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