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expatiate

[ik-spey-shee-eyt] /ɪkˈspeɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), expatiated, expatiating.
1.
to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion:
to expatiate upon a theme.
2.
Archaic. to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.
Origin of expatiate
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin expatiātus past participle of ex(s)patiārī to wander, digress, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + spatiārī to walk about, derivative of spatium space; see -ate1
Related forms
expatiation, noun
expatiator, noun
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  • For example, the card called Fortitude is an opportunity for expatiation on will as the secret of strength.

  • His field is illimitable; his expatiation in it is practically untrammelled.

    Matthew Arnold George Saintsbury
  • However Andy Hayes was not given to digression or to expatiation.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • His brother-in-law paused in the middle of an expatiation on the business opportunities of the neighborhood.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • Gower Woodseer's engagement with the girl Madge was a happier subject for expatiation and agreement.

  • The faculty of expatiation is the possession of transcendent supremacy even when such organs are not employed.

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya
  • A tempting subject for expatiation, especially when one remembers—and who that has once read it can forget?

    Sir Walter Scott William Paton Ker
British Dictionary definitions for expatiation

expatiate

/ɪkˈspeɪʃɪˌeɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
foll by on or upon. to enlarge (on a theme, topic, etc) at length or in detail; elaborate (on)
2.
(rare) to wander about
Derived Forms
expatiation, noun
expatiator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exspatiārī to digress, from spatiārī to walk about
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Word Origin and History for expatiation

expatiate

v.

1530s, "walk about, roam freely," from Latin expatiatus/exspatiatus, past participle of expatiari/exspatiari "wander, digress," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + spatiari "to walk, spread out," from spatium (see space). Meaning "talk or write at length" is 1610s. Related: Expatiated; expatiating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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