[ ik-spey-shee-eyt ]
/ ɪkˈspeɪ ʃiˌeɪt /
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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.
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Origin of expatiate
First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin expatiātus, past participle of ex(s)patiārī “to wander, digress,” equivalent to ex- “from, out of, beyond” + spatiārī “to walk about,” derivative of spatium “area, space, playing field, racetrack”; see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM expatiateex·pa·ti·a·tion, nounex·pa·ti·a·tor, noun
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How to use expatiate in a sentence
A tempting subject for expatiation, especially when one remembers—and who that has once read it can forget?Sir Walter Scott|William Paton Ker
For example, the card called Fortitude is an opportunity for expatiation on will as the secret of strength.The Illustrated Key to the Tarot|L. W. de Laurence
Gower Woodseer's engagement with the girl Madge was a happier subject for expatiation and agreement.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
The inevitable monotony of the panegyrics on Honorius is relieved by just and brilliant expatiation on the duties of a sovereign.
His brother-in-law paused in the middle of an expatiation on the business opportunities of the neighborhood.Martin Eden|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for expatiate
/ (ɪkˈspeɪʃɪˌeɪt) /
(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 expatiateexpatiation, nounexpatiator, noun
Word Origin for expatiate
C16: from Latin exspatiārī to digress, from spatiārī to walk about
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