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dilate

[ dahy-leyt, dih-, dahy-leyt ]
/ da瑟藞le瑟t, d瑟-, 藞da瑟 le瑟t /
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Definition of dilate

verb (used with object), di路lat路ed, di路lat路ing.
to make wider or larger; cause to expand.
Archaic. to describe or develop at length.
verb (used without object), di路lat路ed, di路lat路ing.
to spread out; expand.
to speak or write at length; expatiate (often followed by on or upon).
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Origin of dilate

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English dilaten, from Middle French dilater, 鈥渢o comment at length, enlarge,鈥 from Latin d墨l膩t膩re 鈥渢o spread out, widen,鈥 equivalent to d墨- di-2 + l膩t(us) 鈥渨ide鈥 + -膩re infinitive suffix

synonym study for dilate

1. See expand.

OTHER WORDS FROM dilate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dilate

dilate , dilute
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British Dictionary definitions for dilate

dilate
/ (da瑟藞le瑟t, d瑟-) /

verb
to expand or cause to expand; make or become wider or largerthe pupil of the eye dilates in the dark
(intr; often foll by on or upon) to speak or write at length; expand or enlarge

Derived forms of dilate

Word Origin for dilate

C14: from Latin d墨l膩t膩re to spread out, amplify, from dis- apart + l膩tus wide
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Medical definitions for dilate

dilate
[ d墨-l膩t, d墨l膩t鈥 ]

v.
To make or become wider or larger.
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