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"detail" in British English

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detailnoun

uk   /ˈdiː.teɪl/  us   /dɪˈteɪl/
  • detail noun (INFORMATION)

B1 [C] a ​singlepiece 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 ​storyyet. She ​refused to disclose/​divulge any details about/of the ​plan.details [plural]

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A2 information about someone or something: A ​policeofficer took down the details of what ​happened.UK Can I have ​your details (= ​name and ​address, etc.), ​please?
[U] the ​smallfeatures of something that you only ​notice when you ​lookcarefully: 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 ​livingroom.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 ​healthproblemsrecently. [C] a ​part of something that does not ​seemimportant: 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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detailverb

uk   /ˈdiː.teɪl/  us   /dɪˈteɪl/
(Definition of detail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"detail" in American English

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detailnoun

 us   /dɪˈteɪl, ˈdi·teɪl/
  • detail noun (INFORMATION)

[C/U] a ​particularfact or ​item of ​information, often ​noticed only after giving something ​yourcloseattention, or such ​facts or ​itemsconsidered as a ​group: [C] We have a ​report of a ​seriousaccident on Route 23, but so ​far no details. [U] She ​showed a ​businesslikeattention to detail. [U] I can’t go into much detail, but I’ve been having some ​healthproblemsrecently. We ​knowroughly what he ​wants to do, but we haven’t ​discussed his ​plans in detail (= ​considering all the ​particularfacts).
  • detail noun (GROUP)

[C] a ​smallgroup, esp. of ​soldiers or ​police, ​ordered to ​perform a ​particular duty: A detail of five ​policeofficersaccompanied the ​diplomat to his ​hotel.
detailed
adjective  us   /dɪˈteɪld, ˈdi·teɪld/
a detailed ​account/​description

detailverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈteɪl, ˈdi·teɪl/
  • detail verb [T] (GIVE INFORMATION)

to give ​exact and ​completeinformation about something: The ​committeemembersissued a ​briefstatement detailing ​theirplans.
(Definition of detail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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