from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To speak or write at length: expatiated on the subject until everyone was bored.
- intransitive v. To wander freely.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To range at large, or without restraint.
- v. To write or speak at length; to be copious in argument or discussion, to descant.
- v. To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To range at large, or without restraint.
- intransitive v. To enlarge in discourse or writing; to be copious in argument or discussion; to descant.
- transitive v. To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move at large; rove without prescribed limits; wander without restraint.
- To enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in argument or discussion: with on or upon.
- To allow to range at large; give free exercise to; expand; broaden.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
Godwin offers a glowing description of this future state, where all people share equally in the "bounties of nature" and are free to "expatiate" in the realms of intellectual discovery:
And why would we need a critic to expatiate on his/her emotional reactions in this way?
Really there is no need to expatiate upon the change, except to point out that social media by its very nature engages this cultural shift.
Listening to him expatiate on his role, he sometimes sounds like a man trying to shadow all the big offices of state.
You want to hear me expatiate on the plethora of Clintonians filling the Obama Administration?
To expatiate on the “binary collapse” and “epistemological flippage” brought about by “the erosion of the once-secure border distinction between the private and public spheres.”
I guess they think it would just be "cool" if a woman were in the oval office and it would expatiate some of their sexist guilt at the same time.
Having given you this general idea and description of the law of nations; need I expatiate on its dignity and importance?
If Edgar thought his daughter of a disposition with which his own could not sympathise, it were vain to expatiate upon her virtues or her sweetness; that one doubt previously taken might mar their assimilating efficacy.
Then would I salute the strangers courteously, and expatiate to their astonished minds upon crypts and chancels, and naves, arches, Gothic and Saxon architraves, mullions and flying buttresses.