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 for expatiate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Expatiate \Ex*pa"ti*ate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Expatiated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Expariating.] [L. expatiatus, exspatiatus, p.
     p. of expatiari, exspatiari, to expatiate; ex out + spatiari
     to walk about spread out, fr. spatium space. See Space.]
     1. To range at large, or without restraint.
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              Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies. --Pope.
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     2. To enlarge in discourse or writing; to be copious in
        argument or discussion; to descant.
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              He expatiated on the inconveniences of trade.
                                                    --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Expatiate \Ex*pa"ti*ate\, v. t.
     To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
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           Afford art an ample field in which to expatiate itself.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  expatiate
      v 1: 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, expatiate, exposit,
           enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate]
           [ant: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut,
           foreshorten, reduce, shorten]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "expatiate":
     amplify, descant, detail, develop, dilate, discuss, dissert,
     dissertate, elaborate, enlarge, enlarge upon, evolve, expand,
     explicate, narrate, particularize, ramble, recite, recount,
     rehearse, rehearse in extenso, relate, relate at large, sermonize,
     unfold, work out
  
  

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