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Meaning of DILATE

Pronunciation:  dI'leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become wider; "His pupils were dilated"
  2. [v]  add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"

DILATE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: distend, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
 See Also: clarify, clear up, detail, elucidate, exemplify, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify, widen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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;
  2. \Di*late"\, v. i.
    1. To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all
             His heart dilates and glories in his strength.
    2. To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to
       enlarge; -- with on or upon.
             But still on their ancient joys dilate. --Crabbe.
  3. \Di*late"\, a.
    Extensive; expanded. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: relax; expand.
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