Definitions for dilatedaɪˈleɪt, dɪ-, ˈdaɪ leɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•latedaɪˈleɪt, dɪ-, ˈdaɪ leɪt(v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to make wider or larger; expand:

    to dilate the pupils of the eyes.

  2. Archaic. to describe or develop at length.

  3. (v.i.)to spread out; expand.

  4. to speak or write at length; expatiate (often fol. by on or upon).

Origin of dilate:

1350–1400; ME < MF dilater, L dīlātāre to spread out


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dilate, distend(verb)

    become wider

    "His pupils were dilated"

  2. elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate(verb)

    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"


  1. dilate(Verb)

    To enlarge; to make bigger.

    The eye doctor put drops in my eye to dilate the pupil so he could see the nerve better.

  2. dilate(Verb)

    To become wider or larger; to expand.

  3. Origin: From Old (and modern) French dilater, from Latin dilatare ‘spread out’, from di- + latus ‘wide’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dilate(verb)

    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

  2. Dilate(verb)

    to enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or diffusely

  3. Dilate(verb)

    to grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions

  4. Dilate(verb)

    to speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; -- with on or upon

  5. Dilate(adj)

    extensive; expanded


  1. Dilate

    Dilate is the seventh studio album by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, released in 1996. Dilate is her highest-selling and most critically acclaimed record, with U.S. sales of over 480,000 units according to SoundScan. In 2011, Slant Magazine placed the album at #67 on its list of "The 100 Best Albums of 1990s".

Anagrams of dilate

  1. tailed

  2. detail

Translations for dilate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make or become larger

The sudden darkness made the pupils of his eyes dilate.

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