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[dahy-leyt, di-, dahy-leyt] /daɪˈleɪt, dɪ-, ˈdaɪ leɪt/
verb (used with object), dilated, dilating.
to make wider or larger; cause to expand.
Archaic. to describe or develop at length.
verb (used without object), dilated, dilating.
to spread out; expand.
to speak or write at length; expatiate (often followed by on or upon).
1350-1400; Middle English dilaten < Middle French dilater, Latin dīlātāre to spread out, equivalent to dī- di-2 + lāt(us) broad + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
dilatability, noun
dilatable, adjective
nondilatability, noun
nondilatable, adjective
overdilate, verb, overdilated, overdilating.
redilate, verb, redilated, redilating.
self-dilated, adjective
subdilated, adjective
undilatable, adjective
undilated, adjective
undilating, adjective
Can be confused
dilate, dilute.
1. See expand. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dilated
  • dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged, and it cannot pump blood efficiently.
  • His doctor found nothing physically wrong with him, except for extremely dilated pupils.
  • Hollow organs, such as the heart, must be dilated during fixation.
  • The mutability of human things has been a theme on which essayists have written and preachers dilated.
  • dilated cardiomyopathy involves an enlarged heart ventricle.
  • Issues started to arise only when she was almost totally dilated.
  • dilated blood vessels that sit close to the thin under-eye skin are another cause, doctors said.
  • Even to swallow those without difficulty, she had to have her esophagus dilated every three months.
  • Her pupils were dilated and didn't react to the light.
  • Varicose veins are normal veins that have become much more dilated and tortured and twisted.
British Dictionary definitions for dilated


/daɪˈleɪt; dɪ-/
to expand or cause to expand; make or become wider or larger: the pupil of the eye dilates in the dark
(intransitive; often foll by on or upon) to speak or write at length; expand or enlarge
Derived Forms
dilatable, adjective
dilatability, dilatableness, noun
dilation, dilatation (ˌdaɪləˈteɪʃən; ˌdɪ-) noun
dilatational, adjective
dilative (daɪˈleɪtɪv; dɪ-) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dīlātāre to spread out, amplify, from dis- apart + lātus wide
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Word Origin and History for dilated



late 14c., from Old French dilater, from Late Latin dilatare "make wider, enlarge," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + latus "wide" (see latitude). Related: Dilated; dilating.

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dilated in Medicine

dilate di·late (dī-lāt', dī'lāt')
v. di·lat·ed, di·lat·ing, di·lates
To make or become wider or larger.

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