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" [syn: elaborate, lucubrate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate] [ant: abridge]
- In the context of "now|rare": To range at large, or without restraint.
- To write or speak at length; to be copious in argument or
discussion, to descant.
- 2007: “It can't fly,” he expatiated. “It can move forward only by hopping.” — Clive James, Cultural Amnesia (Picador 2007, p. 847)
- To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.