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

  Dilate \Di*late"\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dilated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Dilating.] [L. dilatare; either fr. di- = dis-
     + latus wide, not the same word as latus, used as p. p. of
     ferre to bear (see Latitude); or fr. dilatus, used as p. p.
     of differre to separate (see Delay, Tolerate, Differ,
     and cf. Dilatory): cf. F. dilater.]
     1. 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.
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     2. To enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or
        diffusely. [R.]
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              Do me the favor to dilate at full
              What hath befallen of them and thee till now.
     Syn: To expand; swell; distend; enlarge; spread out; amplify;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dilate \Di*late"\, v. i.
     1. To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all
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              His heart dilates and glories in his strength.
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     2. To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to
        enlarge; -- with on or upon.
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              But still on their ancient joys dilate. --Crabbe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dilate \Di*late"\, a.
     Extensive; expanded. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: become wider; "His pupils were dilated" [syn: dilate,
      2: 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 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "dilate":
     add to, aggrandize, amplify, augment, bag, balloon, belly,
     belly out, bilge, billow, bloat, blow up, bouge, broaden, bug,
     build, build up, bulge, bulk, bulk out, crescendo, descant,
     describe, detail, develop, discuss, dissert, dissertate, distend,
     elaborate, enlarge, enlarge upon, evolve, expand, expatiate,
     explicate, extend, fill out, goggle, greaten, hike, hike up, huff,
     increase, inflate, lengthen, magnify, narrate, particularize,
     pooch, pop, pouch, pout, prolong, protract, puff, puff up, pump,
     pump up, raise, rarefy, recite, recount, rehearse,
     rehearse in extenso, relate, relate at large, round out, sermonize,
     snowball, stretch, sufflate, swell, swell out, tumefy, unfold, up,
     widen, work out

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