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1 become wider; "His pupils were dilated" [syn: distend]
2 add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" [syn: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound] [ant: abridge]

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From Old (and modern) French dilater, from Latin dilatare ‘spread out’, from di- + latus ‘wide’.


  • /daɪˈleɪt/
    Rhymes: -eɪt


  1. To enlarge; to make bigger.
    The eye doctor put drops in my eye to dilate the pupil so he could see the nerve better.
  2. To become wider or larger; to expand.


To enlarge; to make bigger
To become wider or larger; to expand

See also

Extensive Definition

For articles with similar names, see dilation
For the album by Bardo Pond, see Dilate (Bardo Pond album)
Dilate is the seventh studio album by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, released in 1996. Dilate is her highest-selling record, with U.S. sales of over 480,000 units according to SoundScan.

Track listing

All songs by Ani DiFranco, except where noted.
  1. "Untouchable Face" – 4:38
  2. "Outta Me, Onto You" – 4:35
  3. "Superhero" – 4:45
  4. "Dilate" – 4:48
  5. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton) – 7:07
  6. "Napoleon" – 6:24
  7. "Shameless" – 4:51
  8. "Done Wrong" – 6:31
  9. "Going Down" – 4:50
  10. "Adam and Eve" – 6:37
  11. "Joyful Girl" – 5:04






Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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