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

 ex·pa·ti·ate /ɛkˈspeʃiˌet/
 (vi.)詳述,細說

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·pa·ti·ate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Expatiated p. pr. & vb. n. Expariating ]
 1. To range at large, or without restraint.
    Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies.   --Pope.
 2. To enlarge in discourse or writing; to be copious in argument or discussion; to descant.
    He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade.   --Addison.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·pa·ti·ate, v. t. To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
    Afford art an ample field in which to expatiate itself.   --Dryden.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 expatiate
      v : 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, exposit, enlarge, flesh
          out, expand, expound, dilate] [ant: abridge]