di·late /ˈdaɪˌlet, daɪˈ/
di·late /daɪˈlet, ˈdaɪˌ/ 動詞
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.
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.
Di·late, a. Extensive; expanded. [Obs.]
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]