Expostulate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈspɑːstʃuleɪt|  American pronunciation of the word expostulate
Brit.  |ɪkˈspɒstjʊleɪt|  British pronunciation of the word expostulate


- reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion


His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.

Walter expostulated with the waiter about the size of the bill.

I often expostulate on the pointlessness of life or the wickedness of people.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: expostulate
he/she/it: expostulates
present participle: expostulating
past tense: expostulated
past participle: expostulated
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