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detail

noun

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1 a separate part in a list, account, or series
  • every detail was accounted for

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2 a single piece of information
  • didn't leave out a single detail in his police report on the burglary

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3 a small military unit with a special task or function
  • the officer sent out a detail to patrol the perimeter of the compound

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4 a specific task with which a person or group is charged
  • the soldier was placed on guard detail at the border crossing

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detail

verb

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1 to assign to a place or position
  • once again he was detailed to guard duty

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2 to pick (someone) by one's authority for a specific position or duty
  • the new assistant was detailed to accompany the boss on the business trip

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3 to specify one after another
  • detailed all of the reasons that the plan was a bad idea

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  • generalize
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Frequently Asked Questions About detail

How does the noun detail contrast with its synonyms?

The words item and particular are common synonyms of detail. While all three words mean "one of the distinct parts of a whole," detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process.

leave the details to others

When could item be used to replace detail?

In some situations, the words item and detail are roughly equivalent. However, item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated.

every item on the list

When might particular be a better fit than detail?

While in some cases nearly identical to detail, particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item.

a description that included few particulars

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The first known use of detail was in 1603

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“Detail.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/detail. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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