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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]

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From the participle stem of Latin expatiari, from ex- + spatiari ‘walk about’.




  1. In the context of "now|rare": To range at large, or without restraint.
  2. 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)
  3. To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.

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