The Closing Word: Expatiate

The Closing Word: Expatiate

This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (ex-PAY-she-ate)

Verb: add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

Synonyms: dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

From “When you expatiate on a piece of writing, you add details. The goal is to make your ideas clearer to readers, perhaps by offering an example to help them understand. Teachers can tell when you are expatiating and when you are just adding to what you’ve written, say, to reach a certain length requirement. That’s usually called padding.”

“Never assume your sellers understand what goes into the listing and marketing of their home. Always take the time to expatiate the process.”

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