- to discuss a subject fully and learnedly; discourse.
Origin of dissertate
First recorded in 1760–70; probably back formation from dissertation
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Related Words for dissertateconsider, deliberate, review, confer, debate, examine, argue, explain, comment, chew, expatiate, descant, modulate, declaim, confab, develop, sermonize, enlarge, treat, lecture
Examples from the Web for dissertate
Historical Examples of dissertate
“Whom,” not what—a person, not a system; we “proclaim,” not we argue or dissertate about.The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon
The Greek sought after wisdom; he wanted a man who would perorate and argue and dissertate.
- (intr) rare to give or make a dissertation
Word Origin for dissertate
C18: from Latin dissertāre to debate, from disserere to examine, from dis- 1 + serere to arrange
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