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[ih-loo-si-deyt] /ɪˈlu sɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), elucidated, elucidating.
to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain:
an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.
Synonyms: clarify, illuminate.
verb (used without object), elucidated, elucidating.
to provide clarification; explain.
Origin of elucidate
1560-70; < Late Latin ēlūcidātus (past participle of ēlūcidāre) enlightened, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūcid(us) lucid + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
elucidation, noun
elucidative, adjective
elucidator, noun
nonelucidating, adjective
nonelucidation, noun
nonelucidative, adjective
unelucidated, adjective
unelucidating, adjective
unelucidative, adjective
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See explain. Unabridged
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  • But to elucidate this point some further considerations are necessary touching the general nature of knowledge.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
  • This letter might elucidate it—might throw light where so much was needed.

    How It All Came Round L. T. Meade
  • The coroner did not elucidate a great deal when he commenced his inquiry.

    The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (
  • But that is not the question; the problem I have to elucidate!

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • I do not know, sire; but it may elucidate the point if I inform your majesty of a curious statement she made to me.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Hereafter I hope to elucidate at length these phenomena of expression.

  • What a puckering of his bright boyish forehead, what a grave determination to elucidate the fable!

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
  • It may help to elucidate this matter if we regard it from another point of view.

    Mind and Motion and Monism George John Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for elucidate


to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
Derived Forms
elucidation, noun
elucidative, elucidatory, adjective
elucidator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid
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Word Origin and History for elucidate

1560s, perhaps via Middle French élucider (15c.) or directly from Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare "make clear," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + lucidus "clear" (see lucid). Related: Elucidated; elucidates; elucidating.

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