What does dilate mean?

Definitions for dilate
daɪˈleɪt, dɪ-, ˈdaɪ leɪtdi·late

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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.

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

  2. dilate(Verb)

    To become wider or larger; to expand.

    Etymology: 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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dilate

    di-lāt′, v.t. to spread out in all directions: to enlarge: the opposite of contract.—v.i. to widen: to swell out: to speak at length.—ns. Dilātabil′ity, Dilāt′ancy, Dilatā′tion, Dilā′tion, expansion.—adjs. Dilāt′able, that may be dilated or expanded; Dilā′tant.—ns. Dī′latātor, Dilāt′or, Dilāt′er.—adj. Dilāt′ive. [L. dilatus (used as pa.p. of differre), from di (= dis), apart, and latus, borne.]

Anagrams for dilate »

  1. tailed

  2. detail

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dilate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dilate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dilate in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Holzman:

    If you use the drops on a regular basis, your body will adapt to the drops, then when you stop, you end up getting a rebound effect where your blood vessels dilate and your eyes start to look red.

  2. Ron Blankstein:

    The penile artery that delivers the blood flow to the penis is a much smaller diameter, and it's the smaller blood vessels which show the first signs of disease, they are unable to dilate and deliver sufficient blood flow.

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  • разширявам се, разтварям, разпростирам се, разширявамBulgarian
  • dilatar, dilatarseSpanish
  • laajentaa, laajentua, laajetaFinnish
  • se dilater, dilaterFrench
  • dilatarIdo
  • dilatatie, uitzettenDutch
  • rozszerzaćPolish
  • expandir, dilatarPortuguese

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