dilate


verb (used with object), di·lat·ed, di·lat·ing.

  1. to make wider or larger; cause to expand.
  2. Archaic. to describe or develop at length.

verb (used without object), di·lat·ed, di·lat·ing.

  1. to spread out; expand.
  2. to speak or write at length; expatiate (often followed by on or upon).

verb

  1. to expand or cause to expand; make or become wider or largerthe pupil of the eye dilates in the dark
  2. (intr; often foll by on or upon) to speak or write at length; expand or enlarge
v.

late 14c., from Old French dilater, from Late Latin dilatare “make wider, enlarge,” from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + latus “wide” (see latitude). Related: Dilated; dilating.

v.

  1. To make or become wider or larger.

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