Definitions for: Expatiate

[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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

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