- 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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Examples from the Web for 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
C18: from Latin dissertāre to debate, from disserere to examine, from dis- 1 + serere to arrange
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