• (British) IPA: /ˈdiːteɪl/
    • (America) IPA: /ˈditeɪl/, /dɪˈteɪl/
    • (British) IPA: /dɪˈteɪl/, /ˈdiːteɪl/
    • (America) IPA: /dɪˈteɪl/, /ˈditeɪl/


  1. (countable) Something small enough to escape casual notice.
    Note this fine detail in the lower left corner.
    We missed several important details in the contract.
  2. (uncountable) A profusion of details.
    This etching is full of fine detail.
  3. (uncountable) The small things that can escape casual notice.
  4. Something considered trivial enough to ignore.
    I don't concern myself with the details of accounting.
  5. (countable) A person's name, address and other personal information.
    The arresting officer asked the suspect for his details.
  6. (military, law enforcement) A temporary unit or assignment.
  7. An individual feature, fact, or other item, considered separately from the whole of which it is a part.
  8. A narrative which relates minute points; an account which dwells on particulars.
  9. (paintings) a selected portion of a painting
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detail (details, present participle detailing; past and past participle detailed)

  1. (transitive) to explain in detail
    I'll detail the exact procedure to you later.
    • 2014, Ian Black, "Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis ↗", The Guardian, 27 November 2014:
      It is a sunny morning in Amman and the three uniformed judges in Jordan’s state security court are briskly working their way through a pile of slim grey folders on the bench before them. Each details the charges against 25 or so defendants accused of supporting the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis), now rampaging across Syria and Iraq under their sinister black banners and sending nervous jitters across the Arab world.
  2. (transitive) to clean carefully (particularly of road vehicles) (always pronounced IPAchar /ˈdiːteɪl/)
    We need to have the minivan detailed.
  3. (transitive, military) to assign to a particular task
  • (to explain in detail) specify
  • (military: to assign to a particular task) detach
Translations Translations
  • Russian: отдра́ивать
  • Russian: отряди́ть

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