expound

If given recipe directions that include "some sugar," "some onions," and "some flour" as ingredients, you might ask the cook 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
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v 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
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
Type of:
clarify, clear up, elucidate
make clear and (more) comprehensible

v state

Synonyms:
exposit, set forth
Types:
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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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