[dahy-leyt, di-, dahy-leyt]
- to make wider or larger; cause to expand.
- Archaic. to describe or develop at length.
- to spread out; expand.
- to speak or write at length; expatiate (often followed by on or upon).
Origin of dilate
1350–1400; Middle English dilaten < Middle French dilater, Latin dīlātāre to spread out, equivalent to dī- di-2 + lāt(us) broad + -āre infinitive suffix
Synonyms for dilate
1. See expand.
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- to expand or cause to expand; make or become wider or largerthe pupil of the eye dilates in the dark
- (intr; often foll by on or upon) to speak or write at length; expand or enlarge
Word Origin for dilate
C14: from Latin dīlātāre to spread out, amplify, from dis- apart + lātus wide
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- To make or become wider or larger.
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