Meaning of DILATE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈdī-ˌlāt, dī-ˈ ]


( di·lat·ed ; di·lat·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French dilater, from Latin dilatare, literally, to spread wide, from dis- + latus wide — more at latitude

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. archaic : to describe or set forth at length or in detail

2. : to enlarge or expand in bulk or extent : distend , widen

intransitive verb

1. : to comment at length : discourse — usually used with on or upon

2. : to become wide : swell

the pupil of the eye dilate s and contracts

Synonyms: see expand

• di·lat·abil·i·ty (ˌ)dī-ˌlā-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• di·lat·able dī-ˈlā-tə-bəl, ˈdī-ˌ adjective

• di·la·tor dī-ˈlā-tər, ˈdī-ˌ noun

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