verb (used without object), ex·pa·ti·at·ed, ex·pa·ti·at·ing.
- expansive bit,
- expansive classification,
Origin of expatiate
Examples from the Web for expatiate
Mourdock was not the only Republican candidate to expatiate on the subject of rape.
Now, beloved reader, it behoves us to define and distinguish, as well as amplify and expatiate.Flowers of Freethought|George W. Foote
There were not wanting advocates to expatiate upon the nature of this grievance, which, however, was not redressed.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
And as they rode homeward Grimes went on to expatiate at length upon Marian's reputed literary tastes and acquirements.The Thorn in the Nest|Martha Finley
It cannot be necessary to expatiate at all upon the nature of the offence.The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane,|William Brodie Gurney
But it is not my intention to expatiate with the same minuteness on the whole series of the Byzantine history.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
Word Origin 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.