Definition for DI-LATE'

DI-LATE', v.t. [L. dilato; di and latus, wide; Fr. dilater; It. dilatare; Sp. dilatar. See Delay.]

  1. To expand; to distend; to enlarge or extend in all directions; opposed to contract. The air dilates the lungs; air is dilated by rarefaction.
  2. To enlarge; to relate at large; to tell copiously or diffusely; as, to dilate upon the policy of a measure. In this sense, it is generally used intransitively. Spenser and Shakspeare have used it in a transitive sense; as, to dilate a theme.

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