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expatiate

[ ik-spey-shee-eyt ]
/ 瑟k藞spe瑟 蕛i藢e瑟t /
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verb (used without object), ex路pa路ti路at路ed, ex路pa路ti路at路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.
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Origin of expatiate

First recorded in 1530鈥40; from Latin expati膩tus, past participle of ex(s)pati膩r墨 鈥渢o wander, digress,鈥 equivalent to ex- 鈥渇rom, out of, beyond鈥 + spati膩r墨 鈥渢o walk about,鈥 derivative of spatium 鈥渁rea, space, playing field, racetrack鈥; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM expatiate

ex路pa路ti路a路tion, nounex路pa路ti路a路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for expatiate

expatiate
/ (瑟k藞spe瑟蕛瑟藢e瑟t) /

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 forms of expatiate

expatiation, nounexpatiator, noun

Word Origin for expatiate

C16: from Latin exspati膩r墨 to digress, from spati膩r墨 to walk about
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