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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb dilate:

dilateexpoundelaborateenlargeexpand

Dilate (to make larger; expand) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the verb dilate

What does dilate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dilated | dilating | dilates

  1. become wider
    • example: His pupils were dilated
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of dilate: distend
    • more generic word: widen = become broader or wider or more extensive
  2. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

Alternative definition of the verb dilate

verb

  1. [transitive] To enlarge; to make bigger.
  2. [intransitive] To become wider or larger; to expand.

Music

  1. "Dilate" is the seventh studio album by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, released in 1996. Dilate is her highest-selling and most critically acclaimed record, with U.S. sales of over 480,000 units according to SoundScan. In 2011, Slant Magazine placed the album at #67 on its list of "The 100 Best Albums of 1990s".
  2. "Dilate" is the fifth album by Bardo Pond. It was released on April 24, 2001 on Matador Records.
  3. "Dilate" is a musical album of Vessels.
    • released on
  4. "Dilate" is a musical single of Four Star Mary.
    • released in (14 years ago)

Miscellanea

Dilate was an ambient solo project begun in 1996 by keyboard player Victor Wulf.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dilate

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Google previewPrescription for Life (2014)

Three Simple Strategies to Live Younger Longer by Richard Furman MD, FACS

To understand how the medicine works, you need to understand what the word dilate means in relation to your arteries. Look at it this way. Let's say that within the wall of an artery there are numerous bands of elastic fibrous tissue similar to ...

Google previewSurgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics (1910)

by Franklin Henry Martin

Its failure to dilate is a frequent cause of delayed labor with consequent danger of infection of serious tears when the impatient attendant attempts by force to overcome the resistance. In many instances, also, it is quite necessary in the interest ...

Google previewEnglish Synonyms Explained, in Alphabetical Order (1818)

With Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers by George Crabb

Dilate is an intransitive verb; expand is transitive or intransitive; the former marks the action of any body within itself; the latter an external action on any body. A bladder dilates on the admission of 358 DILIGENT. air, or the heart dilates with joy; ...

Google previewT.P.'s Weekly (1905)

will dilate is the Tichborne Romance. If discussion after the lecture is allowed at Highgate, this should prove a late and interesting sitting. On successive Tuesdays after February 7 there ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order; with Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers. By George Crabb, of Magdalen Hall, Oxford (1818)

Dilate is an intransitive verb; expand is transitive or intransitive; the former marks the action of any body within itself; the latter an external action on any body. A bladder dilates on the admission of air, or the heart dilates with joy; knowledge ...

Google previewGroups St Andrews 2013 (2015)

by C. M. Campbell, M. R. Quick, C. M. Roney-Dougal, E. F. Robertson

A dilate is a subset r ∗ A of Z, where A is a finite subset of Z, r is a positive integer and r ∗ A = {ra | a ∈ A}. Finding bounds for sizes of sums of dilates of the form r ∗ A + s ∗ A = {ra + sb | a, b∈ A} is a popular subject in Additive Number Theory.

Google previewEnglish synonymes, with copious illustrations and explanations (1858)

drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

Dilate is an intransitive verb ; expand is transitive or intransitive; the former marks the action of any body within itself ; the latter an external action on any body. A bladder dilates on the admission of air, or the heart dilates with joy; knowledge ...

Google previewEnglish synonyms explained (1844)

with copious illustrations and examples, drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

Dilate is an intransitive verb; expand is transitive or intransitive; the former marks the action of any body within itself; the latter an external action on any body. A bladder dilates on the admission of air, or the heart dilates with joy; knowledge ...

Google previewSzycher's Dictionary of Medical Devices (1995)

by Michael Szycher

Distometer metal, olive-shaped weight that slides on a guide, such as a string or wire, and is used to dilate a stricture of the esophagus. This generic type of device includes esophageal or gastrointestinal bougies and the esophageal dilator.

Google previewSzycher's Dictionary of Biomaterials and Medical Devices (1992)

by Michael Szycher

Dilator A Class n device designed to augment (dilate) an intended body passage. Dilator, Esophageal A Class n device consisting of a cylindrical instrument and weighed with mercury or metal, used to dilate a stricture of the esophagus.

Google previewThe American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology (1919)

by Casey Albert Wood

A peculiar reaction to eserin has been observed, the drug causing the pupil to dilate still further, the explanation of this paradoxical action is that there was complete paralysis of the sphincter and hence eserin could not cause it to contract, but ...

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Quotes about Dilate

Eyes in the darkness
Dilate to look beyond
The shadows that bathe
The surfaces that surround
Them. Blindness provides
A deeper reason to see.
When the light is found,
The pupils shrink to pin-points
Swallowed in a vein-cracked white. (Tim Stensloff)
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Scrabble value of D2I1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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