- 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 expatiating
Jimmy had forgotten all about Yimville, now that he was expatiating on a pet hobby of his.Mixed Faces
She was never tired of expatiating on its lovable qualities.Lords of the Housetops
"They were all so lovely I dared not choose," Mums was expatiating.Vision House
C. N. Williamson
We shall never make him admire it by expatiating on its beauties.In the School-Room
John S. Hart
Sir Richard was expatiating on Ashe's folly in marrying such a wife.The Marriage of William Ashe
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- (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 expatiating
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.