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English verb: flesh out

1. flesh out (consumption) make fat or plump


SamplesWe will plump out that poor starving child.


Synonymsfat, fatten, fatten out, fatten up, fill out, plump, plump out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Entailfeed, give

2. flesh out (communication) add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing


SamplesShe elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation.


Synonymsdilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, lucubrate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate


Narrower (hyponym)detail, exemplify, exposit, expound, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify


Antonymsabbreviate, abridge, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut

3. flesh out (body) become round, plump, or shapely


SamplesThe young woman is fleshing out.


Synonymsfill out, round


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)gain, put on









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