[ ik-spey-shee-eyt ]
/ ɪkˈspeɪ ʃiˌeɪt /

verb (used without object), ex·pa·ti·at·ed, ex·pa·ti·at·ing.

to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion: to expatiate upon a theme.
Archaic. to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.


Nearby words

  1. expansive,
  2. expansive bit,
  3. expansive classification,
  4. expansivity,
  5. expat,
  6. expatriate,
  7. expatriation,
  8. expect,
  9. expectancy,
  10. expectant

Origin of expatiate

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 formsex·pa·ti·a·tion, nounex·pa·ti·a·tor, noun

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/ (ɪkˈspeɪʃɪˌeɪt) /

verb (intr)

(foll by on or upon) to enlarge (on a theme, topic, etc) at length or in detail; elaborate (on)
rare to wander about
Derived Formsexpatiation, nounexpatiator, noun

Word Origin for expatiate

C16: from Latin exspatiārī to digress, from spatiārī to walk about

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Word Origin and History for expatiate



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.

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