expatiate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the participle stem of Latin expatiari, from ex- + spatiari (walk about).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛkˈspeɪʃɪeɪt/

Verb[edit]

expatiate (third-person singular simple present expatiates, present participle expatiating, simple past and past participle expatiated)

  1. (now rare) To range at large, or without restraint.
    • Alexander Pope
      Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies.
  2. To write or speak at length; to be copious in argument or discussion, to descant.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 35
      Now, as the business of standing mast-heads, ashore or afloat, is a very ancient and interesting one, let us in some measure expatiate here.
    • Addison
      He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade.
    • 2007, Clive James, Cultural Amnesia (Picador 2007, p. 847)
      “It can't fly,” he expatiated. “It can move forward only by hopping.”
  3. (obsolete) To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.

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