little, minor, minute, small, subtle, tiny

It is important to get even the small details right.

considerable, fine, great, meticulous, painstaking

Now let us examine this idea in greater detail.

Every new animal or plant found was recorded in meticulous detail.

exact, explicit, precise

I don't need to know the precise details of your quarrel.


He described the event to his friends in excruciating detail.

fascinating, interesting
colourful/colorful, vivid
juicy, salacious

She was telling me all the juicy details of her love life.

gory, graphic, grisly, gruesome, lurid, sordid

I can still remember the accident in graphic detail.

chilling, disturbing, shocking

The report uncovers disturbing details of abuse.


The diary contains intimate details of their life together.

complete, exhaustive, full

We'll give you full details of how to enter our competition later.

bare details, brief details, sketchy details

I only know the barest details of his plans.

He only managed to give the police a few sketchy details of the robbery.

crucial, essential, important, nitty-gritty (informal, esp. AmE), pertinent

The book covers the nitty-gritty details of starting a business.

insignificant, irrelevant, trivial

It was a small but telling detail.


I haven't sorted out the practical details of getting there yet.

complex, intricate

Everyone must approve the basic plan before the final details are drawn up.


Can you give me some concrete details of how you've been saving money?


the mundane details of his daily life

biographical, factual, historical, operational, personal, technical

I must correct some points of detail in your article.


The book provides a wealth of detail on daily life in ancient China.


Ensure that your diagrams contain the appropriate level of detail.

give, go into, offer, present, provide, send, supply

Do not give any technical details of the product at this stage.

I don't want to go into any more detail than necessary.

disclose, divulge, pass on, release details, reveal

The committee refused to disclose details of the proposals.


He had shared intimate details of his life with a stranger.

explain, lay out, lay sth out in, set out, set sth out in, spell out, spell sth out in

Details of the pension plan are set out below.

The rules are set out in detail in chapter seven.

establish, finalize, iron out, work out, work sth out in

We haven't yet worked out the travel details.

discuss, hammer out, negotiate

We still need to negotiate the details of the contract.


Natalie handled the details of her travel.


Historians claim to have uncovered details of the writer's secret affair.

hear, learn, read
fill sb in on

I'll give you a call later and fill you in on the details.

spare sb (informal)

‘We had a terrible time—’ ‘Oh, spare me the details (= don't tell me any more).’

contain, have, include

Tomorrow's papers will contain full details of the case.


The receipt shows details of the item purchased.

find out details, get details

You can find out more details of the offer from your local travel agent.

enter details

Enter your details in the form below then click on ‘submit’.

take details

The secretary took my details and said they would get back to me.

check, examine, study

Make sure you check the details of the policy before you sign it.


The computer records the details of everyone entering the country.

absorb, memorize

She had memorized every detail of his body.

Ali absorbed every detail of the beautiful morning.

neglect, overlook

He had overlooked one crucial detail.

be lacking in, lack

The speech was well delivered but lacking in detail.

sweat the details (AmE, informal)

He leaves experts to sweat the details (= worry about them).

spill (informal, esp. AmE)

Spill the gory details about your worst relationship.

post details, publish (= on the Internet)

Click here for more details posted by Ken.


They wrote to confirm the details of the meeting.


New details are emerging on the alleged terror plot.

suggest sth

This detail suggests that the killer knew his victim.

reveal sth, show sth
for details

For details contact Joanna Morland.

in detail

I haven't looked at the proposal in detail yet.

over a/the detail

They're still arguing over the details of the contract.

detail about

I won't go into detail about the threats she made.

detail of

She revealed the details of her plan.

detail on

For more detail on how to obtain a visa, see page 8.

detail surrounding

The details surrounding his death are not known.

attention to detail

The secret of their success lies in their attention to detail.

down to the last detail

an expedition planned down to the last detail

every last detail

She remembered every last detail of what I'd told her the month before.

an eye for detail

He has an excellent eye for detail.

full of detail

Her short stories are full of detail and wit.

a lack of detail

The report was criticized for its lack of detail.

Detail is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑article, ↑chapter, ↑document, ↑page, ↑report
Detail is used with these nouns as the object: ↑plan

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