- Expatiate is defined as to give extensive details when speaking or writing.
An example of expatiate is someone taking twenty minutes to tell you what they had for lunch.
expatiate definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic to roam or wander freely
- to speak or write in great detail; elaborate or enlarge (on or upon)
Origin: ; from Classical Latin expatiatus, past participle of expatiari, exspatiari, to go out of one's course, wander ; from ex-, out plush spatiari, to walk, roam ; from spatium, space
- expatiation noun
expatiate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb ex·pa·ti·at·ed, ex·pa·ti·at·ing, ex·pa·ti·ates
- To speak or write at length: expatiated on the subject until everyone was bored.
- To wander freely.
Origin: Latin expatiārī, expatiāt- : ex-, ex- + spatiārī, to spread (from spatium, space).
- ex·paˌti·aˈtion noun