Expatiate 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. [1913 Webster]

Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To enlarge in discourse or writing; to be copious in argument or discussion; to descant. [1913 Webster]

He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • expatiate — *discourse, descant, dilate Analogous words: *speak, talk, converse: *expand, amplify: *discuss, argue, dispute: expound, *explain: *relate, narrate, recount, recite, reh …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • expatiate — [ek spā′shē āt΄, ikspā′shē āt΄] vi. expatiated, expatiating [< L expatiatus, pp. of expatiari, exspatiari, to go out of one s course, wander < ex , out + spatiari, to walk, roam < spatium, SPACE] 1. Archaic to roam or wander freely 2. to …   English World dictionary

  • expatiate — v. (formal) (d; intr.) to expatiate on, upon ( to discuss in detail ) * * * [ɪk speɪʃɪeɪt] upon ( to discuss in detail ) (formal) (d; intr.) to expatiate on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • expatiate — ex|pa|ti|ate [ıkˈspeıʃieıt] v expatiate on/upon [expatiate on/upon sth] phr v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: exspatiatus, past paticiple of exspatiari to wander freely , from spatium space ] formal to speak or write in detail about a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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