Definition of dilate
dilatabilityplay \(ˌ)dī-ˌlā-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
dilatableplay \dī-ˈlā-tə-bəl, ˈdī-ˌ\ adjective
dilatorplay \dī-ˈlā-tər, ˈdī-ˌ\ noun
Examples of dilate in a sentence
The drug causes the blood vessels to dilate.
During labor, a woman's cervix will dilate to about 10 centimeters.
The drug dilates the blood vessels.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of dilate
DILATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dilate for English Language Learners
: to become larger or wider
DILATE Defined for Kids
Definition of dilate for Students
: to make or grow larger or wider <Her pupils dilated in the dark.>
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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