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VERB (1)

1. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing;
- Example: "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
[syn: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 v.0.48:

Expatiate \Ex*pa"ti*ate\, v. t. To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden. [1913 Webster] Afford art an ample field in which to expatiate itself. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

expatiate v 1: 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, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate] [ant: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

26 Moby Thesaurus words for "expatiate": amplify, descant, detail, develop, dilate, discuss, dissert, dissertate, elaborate, enlarge, enlarge upon, evolve, expand, explicate, narrate, particularize, ramble, recite, recount, rehearse, rehearse in extenso, relate, relate at large, sermonize, unfold, work out