de·​tailed di-ˈtāld How to pronounce detailed (audio)
: marked by abundant detail or by thoroughness in treating small items or parts
the detailed study of history
detailedly adverb
di-ˈtā-ləd-nəs How to pronounce detailed (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for detailed

circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point.

circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space.

a circumstantial account of our visit

minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details.

a minute examination of a fossil

particular implies a precise attention to every detail.

a particular description of the scene of the crime

detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail.

a detailed analysis of the event

Examples of detailed in a Sentence

We need a more detailed comparison of the available options. He gave us very detailed instructions.
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Word History

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of detailed was in 1740

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“Detailed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


de·​tailed di-ˈtā(ə)ld How to pronounce detailed (audio)
: including many details
a detailed report
: furnished with finely finished details
beautifully detailed hats
di-ˈtā-ləd-nəs How to pronounce detailed (audio)

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