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ex·pa·ti·ate

 (ĭk-spā′shē-āt′)
intr.v. ex·pa·ti·at·ed, ex·pa·ti·at·ing, ex·pa·ti·ates
1. To speak or write at length: expatiated on the subject until everyone was bored.
2. To wander freely.

[Latin expatiārī, expatiāt- : ex-, ex- + spatiārī, to spread (from spatium, space).]

ex·pa′ti·a′tion n.

expatiate

(ɪkˈspeɪʃɪˌeɪt)
vb (intr)
1. (foll by: on or upon) to enlarge (on a theme, topic, etc) at length or in detail; elaborate (on)
2. rare to wander about
[C16: from Latin exspatiārī to digress, from spatiārī to walk about]
exˌpatiˈation n
exˈpatiˌator n

ex•pa•ti•ate

(ɪkˈspeɪ ʃiˌeɪt)

v.i. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to elaborate: to expatiate upon a theme.
2. to move without restraint.
[1530–40; < Latin expatiātus, past participle of ex(s)patiārī to move beyond one's normal course =ex- ex-1 + spatiārī to walk about]
ex•pa`ti•a′tion, n.

expatiate


Past participle: expatiated
Gerund: expatiating

Imperative
expatiate
expatiate
Present
I expatiate
you expatiate
he/she/it expatiates
we expatiate
you expatiate
they expatiate
Preterite
I expatiated
you expatiated
he/she/it expatiated
we expatiated
you expatiated
they expatiated
Present Continuous
I am expatiating
you are expatiating
he/she/it is expatiating
we are expatiating
you are expatiating
they are expatiating
Present Perfect
I have expatiated
you have expatiated
he/she/it has expatiated
we have expatiated
you have expatiated
they have expatiated
Past Continuous
I was expatiating
you were expatiating
he/she/it was expatiating
we were expatiating
you were expatiating
they were expatiating
Past Perfect
I had expatiated
you had expatiated
he/she/it had expatiated
we had expatiated
you had expatiated
they had expatiated
Future
I will expatiate
you will expatiate
he/she/it will expatiate
we will expatiate
you will expatiate
they will expatiate
Future Perfect
I will have expatiated
you will have expatiated
he/she/it will have expatiated
we will have expatiated
you will have expatiated
they will have expatiated
Future Continuous
I will be expatiating
you will be expatiating
he/she/it will be expatiating
we will be expatiating
you will be expatiating
they will be expatiating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been expatiating
you have been expatiating
he/she/it has been expatiating
we have been expatiating
you have been expatiating
they have been expatiating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been expatiating
you will have been expatiating
he/she/it will have been expatiating
we will have been expatiating
you will have been expatiating
they will have been expatiating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been expatiating
you had been expatiating
he/she/it had been expatiating
we had been expatiating
you had been expatiating
they had been expatiating
Conditional
I would expatiate
you would expatiate
he/she/it would expatiate
we would expatiate
you would expatiate
they would expatiate
Past Conditional
I would have expatiated
you would have expatiated
he/she/it would have expatiated
we would have expatiated
you would have expatiated
they would have expatiated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.expatiate - 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"
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
detail - provide details for
exposit, set forth, expound - state; "set forth one's reasons"
illustrate, instance, exemplify - clarify by giving an example of
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify - be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"

expatiate

verb
To express at greater length or in greater detail:
Translations

expatiate

[eksˈpeɪʃɪeɪt] VI to expatiate on sthhablar extensamente sobre algo

expatiate

visich verbreiten (→ on über +acc)

expatiate

[ɪksˈpeɪʃɪˌeɪt] vi (frm) to expatiate on or upondilungarsi (su)
References in classic literature ?
At the first landing you run up against a pail and a broom, whereupon "mother" expatiates upon the unreliability of servant-girls, and bawls over the balusters for Sarah to come and take them away at once.
He expatiates on Mr Venus's patient habits and delicate manipulation; on his skill in piecing little things together; on his knowledge of various tissues and textures; on the likelihood of small indications leading him on to the discovery of great concealments.
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.
From his mighty bulk the whale affords a most congenial theme whereon to enlarge, amplify, and generally expatiate.
I will not reason here--nor will I stop for YOU to expatiate on the absurdity, and the worse than absurdity, of scrupling to engage my faith where my honour was already bound.
As Bees In spring time, when the Sun with Taurus rides, Poure forth thir populous youth about the Hive In clusters; they among fresh dews and flowers Flie to and fro, or on the smoothed Plank, The suburb of thir Straw-built Cittadel, New rub'd with Baume, expatiate and confer Thir State affairs.
But I will not expatiate any further upon this, as it may be gathered from it that whatever part of whatever history of a knight-errant one reads, it will fill the reader, whoever he be, with delight and wonder; and take my advice, sir, and, as I said before, read these books and you will see how they will banish any melancholy you may feel and raise your spirits should they be depressed.
On this subject Newman maintained an habitual reserve; to expatiate largely upon it had always seemed to him a proceeding vaguely analogous to the cooing of pigeons and the chattering of monkeys, and even inconsistent with a fully developed human character.
I might, I say, expatiate upon all these points if I pleased, but I forbear, merely personal details may be left to historical novelists,- they are beneath the moral dignity of matter-of-fact.
Being a man of taste, he had something to say on this subject as well as another, and having modestly commented on it, without much encouragement from me, he proceeded to expatiate on the art in general.
It was her delight to expatiate on the style in which we were to live in India, and on the establishment we should keep, and the company we should entertain when he got his advancement.
Whenever the Dodger or Charley Bates came home at night, empty-handed, he would expatiate with great vehemence on the misery of idle and lazy habits; and would enforce upon them the necessity of an active life, by sending them supperless to bed.