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SAT vocabulary: expatiate

Challenge vocabulary word "expatiate" - George  W. Bush Speech


What does “expatiate” mean?

Part of Speech: Verb

Pronunciations: IPA: /ɛk.ˈspeɪ.ʃi.eɪt/ Glossary-style: [ehk-SPAY-shee-ayt]

Definition: speak or write at length, especially in detail (Ex: to expatiate on one’s beliefs). roam or wander freely.

Example: Marco explained that he didn’t have the inclination to expatiate on his views of morality and ethics but said rather succinctly that we all have a responsibility to others and that if we can avoid hurting others, we should.

Discussion: “expatiate” is a fairly advanced and uncommon word, not likely to be heard in everyday speech.

The etymology of the word sheds some light on its meaning, though. “expatiate” ultimately derives from the Latin “spatium”, which simply means space. So, to expatiate usually means to speak at length and in detail, but is sometimes used to mean to wander around at will.

By Erin Billy

Founder of TestMagic, Inc. in San Francisco, USA.

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