- to make wider or larger; cause to expand.
- Archaic. to describe or develop at length.
- to spread out; expand.
- to speak or write at length; expatiate (often followed by on or upon).
Origin of dilate
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Related Words for dilateexpound, distend, prolong, develop, extend, augment, expatiate, swell, enlarge, lengthen, increase, protract, inflate, broaden, expand, amplify
Examples from the Web for dilate
Historical Examples of dilate
It would be needless to dilate upon the value of such a work.
She was pale and fragile, yet she seemed to expand and to dilate with force and energy.The Doctor of Pimlico
William Le Queux
In that September morning his soul seemed to dilate with every breath he drew.The Child of Pleasure
Little need to dilate on the situation as it appeared to Mrs Iver!Tristram of Blent
Yet how will it dilate on the Odyssean smell of hemp and tar!Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
- 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
Word Origin for dilate
- To make or become wider or larger.