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.
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.
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]