Definition of dilate:
- Extensive; expanded.
- To enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or diffusely.
- 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.
- To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions.
- To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; - with on or upon.
spread out, boom, work out, plump, plump out, study at expand, flesh out, expatiate, supersize, blow up, labor, fat, flourish, outgrow, fatten up, wax and wane, fill out, distend, double, complicate, elaborate, fatten out, expound, rarify, explain, set forth, thrive, refine, mature, round, exposit, flesh, enlarge, lucubrate, expand, unfold.
One may hardly perhaps dilate on the joys of toil in connection with him, considering the precise methods by which he had supported himself; but nevertheless his emotions when breaking the law of the United States had been akin to those of the honest worker in so far that his operations had satisfied the desire for action which possesses every man of brains and energy.- "The Gem Collector", P. G. Wodehouse.
- "Domestic Manners of the Americans", Fanny Trollope.
I forbear to dilate upon the war of words which was kept up for some time by these windy commanders; Van- Poffenburgh, however, had served under William the Testy, and was a veteran in this kind of warfare.- "Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete", Washington Irving.