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Definition of expostulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

expostulate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɒstʃuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɑːstʃuleɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expostulate
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɒstʃuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɑːstʃuleɪt//
 
he / she / it expostulates
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɒstʃuleɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɑːstʃuleɪts//
 
past simple expostulated
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɒstʃuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɑːstʃuleɪtɪd//
 
past participle expostulated
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɒstʃuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɑːstʃuleɪtɪd//
 
-ing form expostulating
BrE BrE//ɪkˈspɒstʃuleɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspɑːstʃuleɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) (formal) to argue, disagree or protest about something Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘demand how or why, state a complaint’): from Latin expostulat- ‘demanded’, from the verb expostulare, from ex- ‘out’ + postulare ‘demand’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: expostulate