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di·late

dilate

 
pronunciation:
daI leIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dilates, dilating, dilated
definition: to make wider or larger; enlarge; expand.
I dilated her pupils with eye drops.
synonyms:
enlarge
antonyms:
circumscribe, constrict, contract
similar words:
amplify, broaden, develop, expand, magnify, open, widen
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become wider or larger; swell or spread.
synonyms:
enlarge, expand, swell, widen
antonyms:
constrict, contract
similar words:
broaden, spread
definition 2: to explain or discuss something at length (often fol. by "upon").
The students hoped the professor would dilate upon the theory in the next class so they could understand it better.
synonyms:
amplify, enlarge, expatiate, expound
similar words:
discourse, elaborate, expand
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derivation: dilatable (adj.)