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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).]
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]
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]
Past participle: expatiated
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|Verb||1.||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