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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 ?
Laurie threw back his head, and laughed so heartily at this attack, that the felt hat fell off, and Jo walked on it, which insult only afforded him an opportunity for expatiating on the advantages of a rough-and-ready costume, as he folded up the maltreated hat, and stuffed it into his pocket.
Governor Bellingham, in a loose gown and easy cap -- such as elderly gentlemen loved to endue themselves with, in their domestic privacy -- walked foremost, and appeared to be showing off his estate, and expatiating on his projected improvements.
He was listening, with a good-humored, negligent air, half comic, half contemptuous, to Haley, who was very volubly expatiating on the quality of the article for which they were bargaining.
The captain was expatiating in a low conversational tone to the chief mate upon the danger of these derelicts, and upon his dread of coming upon them at night, when suddenly a man forward screamed out, "There's people on board of her, sir
Woodcourt, after expatiating to us on the fame of her great kinsman, said that no doubt wherever her son Allan went he would remember his pedigree and would on no account form an alliance below it.
Their exultation was slightly tempered by the glimpse they had had of the strange apparition of the naked white man galloping away upon the horse of one of their foemen and carrying a companion who was now among them expatiating upon the superhuman strength of the ape-man.
What is the use," she said, "of expatiating upon the depths to which your vengeful nature can sink?
And now the public being invited to the purchase of minor objects, it happened that the orator on the table was expatiating on the merits of a picture, which he sought to recommend to his audience: it was by no means so select or numerous a company as had attended the previous days of the auction.
She always remembered that, when he looked about him under the strong influence of the old association, he tried to keep it out of her mind, and perhaps out of his own too, by immediately expatiating on the great riches and great company that had encompassed him in his absence, and on the lofty position he and his family had to sustain.