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elucidate

[ih-loo-si-deyt]
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verb (used with object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.
  1. to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain: an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.
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verb (used without object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.
  1. to provide clarification; explain.
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Origin of elucidate

1560–70; < Late Latin ēlūcidātus (past participle of ēlūcidāre) enlightened, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūcid(us) lucid + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·lu·ci·da·tion, noune·lu·ci·da·tive, adjectivee·lu·ci·da·tor, nounnon·e·lu·ci·dat·ing, adjectivenon·e·lu·ci·da·tion, nounnon·e·lu·ci·da·tive, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·dat·ed, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·dat·ing, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·da·tive, adjective

Synonym study

See explain.
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Examples from the Web for elucidation

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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 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


British Dictionary definitions for elucidation

elucidate

verb
  1. to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
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Derived Formselucidation, nounelucidative or elucidatory, adjectiveelucidator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid
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Word Origin and History for elucidation

n.

1560s, noun of action from elucidate.

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elucidate

v.

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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