dilate dilate  /daɪ ˈleɪt/


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

Derived Word(s)


  1. It causes capillaries and small arteries to dilate, thus lowering blood pressure and slowing the action of an overworking heart.
  2. The cause is not marijuana but the fact that potheads have done their smoking in dimly lit rooms, where the pupils naturally dilate.
  3. The pupils of the viewer's eyes dilate, allowing infra-red radiation from the still uncovered crescent of the sun to focus on retinas.


  • Stephen Colbert Gives His Hilarious Take On 'The Great Kate Wait'

    Stephen Colbert recently revealed why he's so excited about what the media has dubbed "the Great Kate Wait" in anticipation of the royal baby. "Kate the Great is three days late! I just can't wait for her to dilate!" he exclaimed with sarcastic enthusiasm this week. "The whole galaxy is abuzz!"
    on July 20, 2013     Source: Business Insider


  1. "He's not going to play [Tuesday night] just because of the watering that would make it hard to send him up there to hit, unless that clears up," Francona said. "I'm sure they'll dilate it, which takes a while to get back to normal anyway."
    on Jun 24, 2008 By: Terry Francona Source: ESPN

  2. "You be thinking all these things that we stuff up his bottom good and let him dilate before we shoot him the second one," Johnson said.
    on Oct 9, 2007 By: Lyndon Johnson Source: Kansas City Star

  3. But here's what Guevara wrote in his book of the same name: "Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls into my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of...
    on Mar 1, 2009 By: Che Guevara Source: WND.com

Word of the Day
ennui ennui
/ɛ ˈnu i /