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dilate


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dilate  \Di*late"\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  grow  wide;  to  expand;  to  swell  or  extend  in  all 
  directions. 
 
  His  heart  dilates  and  glories  in  his  strength. 
  --Addison. 
 
  2.  To  speak  largely  and  copiously;  to  dwell  in  narration;  to 
  enlarge;  --  with  on  or  upon 
 
  But  still  on  their  ancient  joys  dilate.  --Crabbe. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dilate  \Di*late"\  (?;  277),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dilated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Dilating}.]  [L.  dilatare  either  fr  di-  =  dis- 
  +  latus  wide,  not  the  same  word  as  latus,  used  as  p.  p.  of 
  ferre  to  bear  (see  {Latitude});  or  fr  dilatus  used  as  p.  p. 
  of  differre  to  separate  (see  {Delay},  {Tolerate},  {Differ}, 
  and  cf  {Dilatory}):  cf  F.  dilater.] 
  1.  To  expand;  to  distend;  to  enlarge  or  extend  in  all 
  directions;  to  swell;  --  opposed  to  {contract};  as  the 
  air  dilates  the  lungs;  air  is  dilated  by  increase  of  heat. 
 
  2.  To  enlarge  upon  to  relate  at  large  to  tell  copiously  or 
  diffusely.  [R.] 
 
  Do  me  the  favor  to  dilate  at  full  What  hath  befallen 
  of  them  and  thee  till  now  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  expand;  swell;  distend;  enlarge;  spread  out  amplify; 
  expatiate. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dilate  \Di*late"\,  a. 
  Extensive;  expanded.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dilate 
  v  1:  become  wider;  "His  pupils  were  dilated"  [syn:  {distend}] 
  2:  elaborate  or  expatiate  upon  give  details;  "She  elaborated 
  on  her  plans"  [syn:  {elaborate},  {expatiate},  {enlarge},  {flesh 
  out},  {expand},  {expound}] 




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