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detail

noun uk   /ˈdiː.teɪl/  us   /dɪˈteɪl/

detail noun (INFORMATION)

B1 [C] a single piece of information or fact about something: She insisted on telling me every single detail of what they did to her in hospital. We don't know the full/precise details of the story yet. She refused to disclose/divulge any details about/of the plan.details [plural]
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A2 information about someone or something: A police officer took down the details of what happened.UK Can I have your details (= name and address, etc.), please?
[U] the small features of something that you only notice when you look carefully: I was just admiring the detail in the doll's house - even the tins of food have labels on them. It's his eye for (= ability to notice) detail that distinguishes him as a painter.in detail B1 including or considering all the information about something or every part of something: We haven't discussed the matter in detail yet. The book described her suffering in graphic detail. He talked in great detail about the furniture he's chosen for the living room.go into detail B2 to tell or include all the facts about something: I won't go into detail over the phone, but I've been having a few health problems recently. [C] a part of something that does not seem important: Tony says, he's going to get the car, and finding the money to pay for it is just a minor detail.
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detail noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people who have been given a particular task

detail

verb uk   /ˈdiː.teɪl/  us   /dɪˈteɪl/

detail verb (GIVE INFORMATION)

[T] to describe something completely, giving all the facts: [+ question word] Can you produce a report detailing what we've spent on the project so far?

detail verb (ORDER)

[T + to infinitive, often passive] to order someone, often a small group of soldiers or workers, to perform a particular task: Four soldiers were detailed to check the road for troops.
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