Definition of expatiate in English:


Line breaks: ex|pati|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspeɪʃɪeɪt
, ɛk-/


[no object] (expatiate on)
Speak or write in detail about: she expatiated on working-class novelists
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  • He goes on to expatiate on Queen Victoria's instructions to the governor-general and suggests that they are somehow relevant to the present debate.
  • I now expect to be booked on cable TV to expatiate on my brilliant findings without interruption.
  • The commentator adopts this persona to expatiate on a variety of topics.
hold forth about, speak/write at length about, pontificate about, discourse on, expound, go into detail about, go on about, dwell on;
expand on, enlarge on, elaborate on, amplify, embellish
informal spout about, sound off about
rare perorate on, dilate on, dissertate on


mid 16th century (in the sense 'roam freely'): from Latin exspatiari 'move beyond one's usual bounds', from ex- 'out, from' + spatiari 'to walk' (from spatium 'space').



Pronunciation: /-ˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
More example sentences
  • He then blocked his e-mail to me, and I haven't had the chance to experience his brusque wit or elegant expatiations since then.
  • This game is also sure to provide us with an expatiation of the best of Erris football and talent.
  • The expatiation will improve circulation and connections among the existing buildings and add a new building to house at least part of the permanent collection.

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