Dilate vs. Dialate - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Dilate (verb)

    To enlarge; to make bigger.

    "The eye doctor put drops in my eye to dilate the pupil so he could see the nerve better."

  • Dilate (verb)

    To become wider or larger; to expand.

    "His heart dilates and glories in his strength."

  • Dilate (verb)

    To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; with "on" or "upon".

  • Dilate (verb)

    To use a dilator to widen the neovagina after transgender surgery.

  • Dialate (verb)

    misspelling of dilate

Oxford Dictionary

  • Dilate (verb)

    make or become wider, larger, or more open

    "her eyes dilated with horror"

    "the woman dilated her nostrils"

  • Dilate (verb)

    speak or write at length on (a subject)

    "the faithful could hear the minister dilate on the role religion could play"

Webster Dictionary

  • Dilate

    To expand; to distend; to enlarge or extend in all directions; to swell; - opposed to contract; as, the air dilates the lungs; air is dilated by increase of heat.

  • Dilate

    To enlarge upon; to relate at large; to tell copiously or diffusely.

  • Dilate (verb)

    To grow wide; to expand; to swell or extend in all directions.

  • Dilate (verb)

    To speak largely and copiously; to dwell in narration; to enlarge; - with on or upon.

  • Dilate (adjective)

    Extensive; expanded.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Dilate (verb)

    become wider;

    "His pupils were dilated"

  • Dilate (verb)

    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"

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