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Dilate

Dilate Meaning & Definition
Dilate Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of 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"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Dilate: distend | elaborate | enlarge | expand | expatiate | exposit | expound | flesh out | lucubrate

Related Terms | Find terms related to Dilate: add to | aggrandize | amplify | augment | bag | balloon | belly | belly out | bilge | billow | bloat | blow up | bouge | broaden | bug | build | build up | bulge | bulk | bulk out | crescendo | descant | describe | detail | develop | discuss | dissert | dissertate | distend | elaborate | enlarge | enlarge upon | evolve | expand | expatiate | explicate | extend | fill out | goggle | greaten | hike | hike up | huff | increase | inflate | lengthen | magnify | narrate | particularize | pooch | pop | pouch | pout | prolong | protract | puff | puff up | pump | pump up | raise | rarefy | recite | recount | rehearse | rehearse in extenso | relate | relate at large | round out | sermonize | snowball | stretch | sufflate | swell | swell out | tumefy | unfold | up | widen | work out

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

Dilate In Webster's Dictionary

\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; expatiate.
\Di*late"\, v. i. 1. To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions. His heart dilates and glories in his strength. --Addison. 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.

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