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DILATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dilate mean? 

DILATE (verb)
  The verb DILATE has 2 senses:

1. become wider
2. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

  Familiarity information: DILATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DILATE (verb)


Sense 1dilate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become wider

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

dilate; distend

Context example:

His pupils were dilated

Hypernyms (to "dilate" is one way to...):

widen (become broader or wider or more extensive)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2dilate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

expound; expatiate; lucubrate; elaborate; exposit; dilate; flesh out; enlarge; expand

Context example:

She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation

Hypernyms (to "dilate" is one way to...):

clarify; clear up; elucidate (make clear and (more) comprehensible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dilate"):

detail (provide details for)

exposit; expound; set forth (state)

exemplify; illustrate; instance (clarify by giving an example of)

particularise; particularize; specialise; specialize; specify (be specific about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


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