Definitions for: Dilate

[v] become wider; "His pupils were dilated"
[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: Di*late" (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dilated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Dilating.] [L. dilatare; either fr. di- = dis-
+ latus wide, not the same word as latus, used as p. p. of
ferre to bear (see Latitude); or fr. dilatus, used as p. p.
of differre to separate (see Delay, Tolerate, Differ,
and cf. Dilatory): cf. F. dilater.]
1. To expand; to distend; to enlarge or extend in all
directions; to swell; -- opposed to contract; as, the
air dilates the lungs; air is dilated by increase of heat.

2. To enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or
diffusely. [R.]

Do me the favor to dilate at full What hath befallen
of them and thee till now. --Shak.

Syn: To expand; swell; distend; enlarge; spread out; amplify;

Di*late", v. i.
1. To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all

His heart dilates and glories in his strength.

2. To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to
enlarge; -- with on or upon.

But still on their ancient joys dilate. --Crabbe.

Di*late", a.
Extensive; expanded. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: distend, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

See Also: clarify, clear up, detail, elucidate, exemplify, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify, widen

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