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English verb: dilate

1. dilate (change) become wider


SamplesHis pupils were dilated.


Synonymsdistend


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
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Broader (hypernym)widen

2. dilate (communication) add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing


SamplesShe elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation.


Synonymselaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
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Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)clarify, clear up, elucidate


Narrower (hyponym)detail, exemplify, exposit, expound, illustrate, instance, particularise, particularize, set forth, specialise, specialize, specify


Antonymsabbreviate, abridge, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut









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