- 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.
Origin of expatiate
Examples from the Web for expatiate
Mourdock was not the only Republican candidate to expatiate on the subject of rape.The Tea Party: the GOP's Own Worst Enemy
November 3, 2012
But why expatiate to a stranger on sorrow which must be secret?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
It is needless to expatiate on its poetic merit or felicity of diction.My Reminiscences
But I and my chimney must explain; and as we are both rather obese, we may have to expatiate.I and My Chimney
It is useless to expatiate on a code of morals that seems to us positively Japanese.Raleigh
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
- (foll by on or upon) to enlarge (on a theme, topic, etc) at length or in detail; elaborate (on)
- rare to wander about
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.