dilate

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From Middle French dilater, from Latin dīlātō (I spread out), from di-, variant of dis- + latus (wide).

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dilate (third-person singular simple present dilates, present participle dilating, simple past and past participle dilated)

  1. (transitive) To enlarge; to make bigger.
    The eye doctor put drops in my eye to dilate the pupil so he could see the nerve better.
  2. (intransitive) To become wider or larger; to expand.
    • Addison
      His heart dilates and glories in his strength.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; with "on" or "upon".
    • Shakespeare
      Do me the favour to dilate at full / What hath befallen of them and thee till now.
    • Crabbe
      But still on their ancient joys dilate.

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

dilate

  1. first-person singular present indicative of dilater
  2. third-person singular present indicative of dilater
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of dilater
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of dilater
  5. second-person singular imperative of dilater

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Participle[edit]

dīlāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of dīlātus

Portuguese[edit]

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dilate

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of dilatar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of dilatar
  3. first-person singular imperative of dilatar
  4. third-person singular imperative of dilatar

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dilate

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of dilatar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of dilatar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of dilatar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of dilatar.