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flesh out

vb (adverb)
1. (tr) to give substance to (an argument, description, etc)
2. (intr) to expand or become more substantial
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.flesh out - make fat or plump; "We will plump out that poor starving child"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
2.flesh out - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
detail - provide details for
exposit, set forth, expound - state; "set forth one's reasons"
illustrate, instance, exemplify - clarify by giving an example of
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify - be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"
3.flesh out - become round, plump, or shapely; "The young woman is fleshing out"
gain, put on - increase (one's body weight); "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
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Translations

w>flesh out

vt sep idea, proposal, thesis etcausgestalten; detailseingehen auf (+acc)
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