An eye with a dilated pupil.
An example of dilate is when your eyes become wide with excitement.
Origin of dilateMiddle English dilaten ; from Classical Latin dilatare ; from dis-, apart + latus, wide: see lateral
- to become wider or larger; swell
- to speak or write in detail (on or upon a subject)
verbdi·lat·ed, di·lat·ing, di·lates
- To become wider or larger; expand.
- To speak or write at great length on a subject; expatiate.
Origin of dilateMiddle English dilaten, from Old French dilater, from Latin d&imacron;l&amacron;t&amacron;re, to enlarge : d&imacron;-, dis-, apart; see dis– + l&amacron;tus, wide.
(third-person singular simple present dilates, present participle dilating, simple past and past participle dilated)