verb di·late \ˈdī-ˌlāt, dī-ˈ\

: to become larger or wider


Full Definition of DILATE

transitive verb
archaic :  to describe or set forth at length or in detail
:  to enlarge or expand in bulk or extent :  distend, widen
intransitive verb
:  to comment at length :  discourse —usually used with on or upon
:  to become wide :  swell <the pupil of the eye dilates and contracts>
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

Examples of DILATE

  1. The drug causes the blood vessels to dilate.
  2. During labor, a woman's cervix will dilate to about 10 centimeters.
  3. The drug dilates the blood vessels.

Origin of DILATE

Middle English, from Middle French dilater, from Latin dilatare, literally, to spread wide, from dis- + latus wide — more at latitude
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with DILATE

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verb di·late \dī-ˈlāt, ˈdī-ˌ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DILATE

transitive verb
:  to enlarge, stretch, or cause to expand <dilate his pupils with atropine> <the drug dilates peripheral arteries>
intransitive verb
:  to become expanded or swollen <the cervix was dilating> <the pupils dilated>


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