de·​tailed | \di-ˈtāld, ˈdē-ˌtāld\

Definition of detailed 

: marked by abundant detail or by thoroughness in treating small items or parts the detailed study of history

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Other Words from detailed

detailedly \ di-​ˈtāld-​lē , -​ˈtā-​ləd-​, ˈdē-​ˌ \ adverb
detailedness \ di-​ˈtā-​ləd-​nəs , -​ˈtāld-​, ˈdē-​ˌ \ noun

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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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First, within 30 days, the utilities must send the commission detailed plans for reaching out to communities that may be affected by preemptive blackouts. David R. Baker,, "To prevent fires, California sets new rules for shutting off power lines," 12 July 2018 Pittman has yet to file detailed development plans. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "University High School sells land south of 116th Street campus to Carmel developer," 11 July 2018 Sculley and Councilman Roberto Treviño, the other city representative on the committee, serving with officials of the Land Office and nonprofit Alamo Endowment, also have asked for detailed plans for reusing those buildings as a museum complex. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 The county released detailed plans for relocating residents. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Good things coming for notorious, crime-infested DeKalb complex?," 7 July 2018 State records show that one day before Walker’s speech in Trego, in northwestern Wisconsin, the governor’s office received detailed plans from the Dairy Business Association on legal requirements and strategic options to move the program. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Gov. Scott Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms," 6 July 2018 Pompeo had been expected to bring to Pyongyang a more detailed plan to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear stockpile and long-range missiles within a year. David S. Cloud,, "Pompeo heads to North Korea to press Kim on nuclear disarmament," 6 July 2018 Rescuers have prepared detailed plans and made their checklists, Narongsak said. New York Times,, "Good weather, tough circumstances in Thailand cave rescue," 5 July 2018 In his early days at Safety-Kleen, Mr. Brinckman scrawled detailed plans for expansion on a sheet of graph paper big enough to cover a conference-room table. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Donald Brinckman Found a Grubby Business and Turned It Into a Wall Street Darling," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of detailed

1740, in the meaning defined above

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de·​tailed | \di-ˈtāld, ˈdē-ˌtāld\

Kids Definition of detailed

: including many small items or parts a detailed report

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