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  • v. Present participle of expatiate.


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  • At the annual meeting Treasurer Lassiter made an elaborate report, initiating no new measures, in general terms expatiating on the importance of reopening the University under good auspices, but confessing the hopelessness of success.

    History of the University of North Carolina. Volume II: From 1868 to 1912

  • The gift was a brimming bowl of exotic fruits from Fortnum & Mason, which Fry toyed with as he spoke – a dragon fruit while discussing his kleptomania; a crambola while arguing the creative advantages of celibacy; a durian while expatiating on his theory that not everything is like it is for a reason.

    Breakfast with Stephen Fry

  • Cecilia answered that she had yet seen nothing more of Mr Delvile, who had been absent the whole time, but with equal readiness and pleasure she replied to all his questions concerning his lady, expatiating with warmth and fervour upon her many rare and estimable qualities.


  • Or by the Magic Negro expatiating all liberal sins and putting them in pure grace...

    John McCain!

  • If I didn't know who he was and that there was a crowd there, I would picture an old man slumped in an armchair, expatiating for the benefit of anyone unlucky enough to be within earshot.

    Why I'm voting for Obama in the Wisconsin primary.

  • She always remembered that, when he looked about him under the strong influence of the old association, he tried to keep it out of her mind, and perhaps out of his own too, by immediately expatiating on the great riches and great company that had encompassed him in his absence, and on the lofty position he and his family had to sustain.

    Little Dorrit

  • After expatiating to me in the most vociferous manner on the delights of titled society, he turned to Mrs. Forrest and said, “After the society in which we used to move, you may imagine how distasteful all this is to us” — barely a civil speech, I thought.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Mrs. Woodcourt, after expatiating to us on the fame of her great kinsman, said that no doubt wherever her son Allan went he would remember his pedigree and would on no account form an alliance below it.

    Bleak House

  • Nicholas could not go to bed without expatiating on the excellences and munificence of the brothers Cheeryble, and relating the great success which had attended his efforts that day.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • Mr. Giles was expatiating upon his presence of mind, when the doctor entered; Mr. Brittles, with a mug of ale in his hand, was corroborating everything, before his superior said it.

    Oliver Twist


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