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expatiate

[ik-spey-shee-eyt] /ɪkˈspeɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), expatiated, expatiating.
1.
to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion:
to expatiate upon a theme.
2.
Archaic. to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.
Origin of expatiate
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin expatiātus past participle of ex(s)patiārī to wander, digress, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + spatiārī to walk about, derivative of spatium space; see -ate1
Related forms
expatiation, noun
expatiator, noun
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Examples from the Web for expatiating
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  • Henry will no doubt give you a lengthy description of the house, so I will refrain from expatiating on its merits.

    Canada for Gentlemen James Seton Cockburn
  • "They were all so lovely I dared not choose," Mums was expatiating.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • The "Modern Gomorrah" he called it, and he was never tired of expatiating on its iniquity.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • We shall never make him admire it by expatiating on its beauties.

    In the School-Room John S. Hart
  • Its modern history is interwoven with the great mutiny, and our local guide wearied us by expatiating volubly upon the subject.

    Due West Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Sir Richard was expatiating on Ashe's folly in marrying such a wife.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Her eloquence was never tired of expatiating on his purity and rectitude.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • I explained as well as I could, expatiating on the charms of smoking.

    She and Allan H. Rider Haggard
  • One was expatiating to me the other day on the admirable manners of the English.

  • "Kept me up one whole night, expatiating on her charms and his extreme unworthiness," he replied.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for expatiating

expatiate

/ɪkˈspeɪʃɪˌeɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
foll by on or upon. to enlarge (on a theme, topic, etc) at length or in detail; elaborate (on)
2.
(rare) to wander about
Derived Forms
expatiation, noun
expatiator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exspatiārī to digress, from spatiārī to walk about
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Word Origin and History for expatiating

expatiate

v.

1530s, "walk about, roam freely," from Latin expatiatus/exspatiatus, past participle of expatiari/exspatiari "wander, digress," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + spatiari "to walk, spread out," from spatium (see space). Meaning "talk or write at length" is 1610s. Related: Expatiated; expatiating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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