expatiate [ik-spey-shee-eyt] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN 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.
Origin of expatiate 1530–40; Latin expatiātus past participle of ex(s)patiārī to wander, digress, equivalent to ex-+ spatiārī to walk about, derivative of spatium ; see Related formsex·pa·ti·a·tion, nounex·pa·ti·a·tor, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for expatiating , , , Examples from the Web for expatiating Historical Examples of expatiating
Jimmy had forgotten all about Yimville, now that he was expatiating on a pet hobby of his.
She was never tired of expatiating on its lovable qualities.
“They were all so lovely I dared not choose,” Mums was expatiating.
C. N. Williamson
We shall never make him admire it by expatiating on its beauties.
John S. Hart
Sir Richard was expatiating on Ashe’s folly in marrying such a wife.
Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for expatiating expatiate verb (intr) (foll by on or upon) to enlarge (on a theme, topic, etc) at length or in detail; elaborate (on) rare to wander about Derived Formsexpatiation, nounexpatiator, nounWord Origin for expatiate C16: from Latin exspatiārī to digress, from spatiārī to walk about Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for expatiating expatiate v.
1530s, “walk about, roam freely,” from Latin expatiatus/exspatiatus, past participle of expatiari/exspatiari “wander, digress,” from ex- “out” (see) + spatiari “to walk, spread out,” from spatium (see ). Meaning “talk or write at length” is 1610s. Related: Expatiated; expatiating.
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