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Examples of expatiate in a Sentence
the naturalist is known for her willingness to expatiate on any number of issues relating to wildlife and the environment
Recent Examples of expatiate from the Web
Tizon’s essay can be read not simply as an attempt to confess a crime and expatiate his family’s guilt.
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The Latin antecedent of "expatiate" is "exspatiari," which combines the prefix ex- ("out of") with "spatiari" ("to take a walk"), itself from "spatium" ("space" or "course"). Exspatiari means "to wander from a course" and, in the figurative sense, "to digress." But when English speakers began using "expatiate" in 1538, we took "wander" as simply "to move about freely." In a similar digression from the original Latin, we began using "expatiate" in a figurative sense of "to speak at length." That's the sense of the word most often used these days, usually in combination with "on" or "upon."
Origin and Etymology of expatiate
Latin exspatiatus, past participle of exspatiari to wander, digress, from ex- + spatium space, course
First Known Use: circa 1552See Words from the same year
EXPATIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expatiate for English Language Learners
: to speak or write about something in a way that includes a lot of details or uses many words
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