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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
Synonym Study
See explain. Unabridged
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  • At all events she would throw the burden of an elucidation upon him.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford
  • The language was unequivocal, the assertion one that required no elucidation.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • Both were able to explain the matter, and Karl proceeded to offer the elucidation.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The most valuable recent contribution to the elucidation of this subject.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins
  • Yet I think the context furnishes a clue to its elucidation.

    The Castaways Harry Collingwood
  • Surely, the voice-part in these classics is not without its need of elucidation.

    Style in Singing W. E. Haslam
  • We will just touch on a few facts which are necessary to the elucidation of our tale.

    The Battery and the Boiler R.M. Ballantyne
  • "I can only reiterate my sister's words, which demand no elucidation," replied Cornelia.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for elucidation


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 elucidation

1560s, noun of action from 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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