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definition of the word expatiate

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From the participle stem of Latin expatiari, from ex- + spatiari ‘walk about’.

Infinitive
to expatiate

Third person singular
expatiates

Simple past
expatiated

Past participle
expatiated

Present participle
expatiating

to expatiate (third-person singular simple present expatiates, present participle expatiating, simple past and past participle expatiated)

  1. (now, rare) To range at large, or without restraint.
  2. To write or speak at length; to be copious in argument or discussion, to descant.
    • 2007: “It can't fly,” he expatiated. “It can move forward only by hopping.” — Clive James, Cultural Amnesia (Picador 2007, p. 847)
  3. (obsolete) To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
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