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Meaning of EXPATIATE

Pronunciation:  ik'speyshee`eyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  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"
 

EXPATIATE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
 
 See Also: clarify, clear up, detail, elucidate, exemplify, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ex*pa"ti*ate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Expatiated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Expariating}.] [L. expatiatus, exspatiatus, p.
    p. of expatiari, exspatiari, to expatiate; ex out + spatiari
    to walk about spread out, fr. spatium space. See {Space}.]
    1. To range at large, or without restraint.
    
             Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies. --Pope.
    
    2. To enlarge in discourse or writing; to be copious in
       argument or discussion; to descant.
    
             He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade.
                                                   --Addison.
    
    
  2. \Ex*pa"ti*ate\, v. t.
    To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
    
          Afford art an ample field in which to expatiate itself.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: amplify, descant, detail, develop, dilate, discuss, dissert, dissertate, elaborate, enlarge, enlarge upon, evolve, expand, explicate, narrate, particularize, ramble, recite, recount, rehearse, rehearse in extenso, relate, relate at large, sermonize, unfold, work out
 

 

 

 

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