expatiate

The verb expatiate means "to add details to in order to clear up." If your story is confusing to everyone who hears it, certain key parts must be missing. Better expatiate so that people can understand it.

To pronounce expatiate correctly, accent the second syllable: "ex-PAY-she-ate." 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."

Definitions of expatiate
  1. 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
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    Antonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    cut, edit, edit out
    cut and assemble the components of
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    detail
    provide details for
    exposit, expound, set forth
    state
    exemplify, illustrate, instance
    clarify by giving an example of
    particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify
    be specific about
    depict, describe, draw
    give a description of
    premise
    set forth beforehand, often as an explanation
    spell out
    make explicit; specify in detail
    type of:
    clarify, clear up, elucidate
    make clear and (more) comprehensible
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