Elaboration means "adding details." Kids are famous for answering "good" when asked how school was and "nothing" when asked what they did there. If pressed for elaboration, they might talk about recess, lunch, and even what they learned.

Elaboration is the result of going that extra mile, such as when your history teacher asks for five paragraphs on the Fall of Rome, and you write three pages, or when your friend, instead of giving you a regular birthday card, creates a mini-scrapbook with photos and mementos from the past year. As you can see, elaboration takes time and energy because you go into greater detail than usual.

Definitions of elaboration
  1. noun
    developing in intricate and painstaking detail
    synonyms: working out
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    the act of improving by expanding, enlarging, or refining
  2. noun
    addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
    “an elaboration of the sketch followed”
    synonyms: amplification
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    type of:
    expanding upon, expansion
    adding information or detail
  3. noun
    a discussion that provides additional information
    synonyms: enlargement, expansion
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    a discussion (spoken or written) that enlarges on a topic or theme at length or in detail
    embellishment, embroidery
    elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail
    type of:
    discourse, discussion, treatment
    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
  4. noun
    the result of improving something
    synonyms: refinement
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    type of:
    advance, betterment, improvement
    a change for the better; progress in development
  5. noun
    the quality of being marked by elaborately complex detail
    synonyms: elaborateness, intricacy, involution
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    type of:
    complexity, complexness
    the quality of being intricate and compounded
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