expound

If your grandmother's handwritten pie recipe calls for "some sugar," "plenty of butter," and "sliced apples," you might ask her to expound by adding measurements of how much of each to use. When you expound, you explain or provide details.

Expound came into English from a 14th-century French word espondre meaning "to elaborate" or "put forth." Often when you expound something you are clarifying or giving the particulars. A more formal way to expound is to offer exposition, often going line by line to explain precise meanings in a text or legal document.

Definitions of expound
  1. verb
    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
    synonyms: dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, flesh out, lucubrate
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    Antonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    cut, edit, edit out
    cut and assemble the components of
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    detail
    provide details for
    exposit, set forth
    state
    exemplify, illustrate, instance
    clarify by giving an example of
    particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify
    be specific about
    depict, describe, draw
    give a description of
    premise
    set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
    spell out
    make explicit; specify in detail
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    clarify, clear up, elucidate
    make clear and (more) comprehensible
  2. verb
    state
    synonyms: exposit, set forth
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    depict, describe, draw
    give a description of
    premise
    set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
    represent
    describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
    delineate
    describe in vivid detail
    adumbrate, outline, sketch
    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
    type of:
    dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, flesh out, lucubrate
    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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