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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 di·late /ˈdaɪˌlet, daɪˈ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 di·late /daɪˈlet, ˈdaɪˌ/ 動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·late v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dilated p. pr. & vb. n. Dilating ]
 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; expatiate.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·late, v. i.
 1. To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions.
    His heart dilates and glories in his strength.   --Addison.
 2. To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; -- with on or upon.
    But still on their ancient joys dilate.   --Crabbe.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·late, a. Extensive; expanded. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: become wider; "His pupils were dilated" [syn: distend]
      2: 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"
         [syn: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge,
          flesh out, expand, expound] [ant: abridge]