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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dilate \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. [1913 Webster] 2. To enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or diffusely. [R.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]