lucubrate

To lucubrate is to flesh out and add details to something, usually in writing.

Originally, to lucubrate was to work by artificial light, and that meaning should still be helpful in learning this word: when lucubrating, you're shedding new light on a subject by elaborating, expanding, and adding more details. Lucubrating adds clarity and makes a subject easier to understand: it's often associated with scholars.

Definitions of lucubrate
  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, expound, flesh out
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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, expound, 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
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