[ ih-lis-it ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke: to elicit the truth;to elicit a response with a question.

Origin of elicit

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin ēlicitus “drawn out” (past participle of ēlicere ), equivalent to ē- “from, out of” (see e-1) + lici- “draw, lure” + -tus past participle suffix

Other words from elicit

  • e·lic·i·ta·tion [ih-lis-i-tey-shuhn] /ɪˌlɪs ɪˈteɪ ʃən/ noun
  • e·lic·i·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for elicit


/ (ɪˈlɪsɪt) /

  1. to give rise to; evoke: to elicit a sharp retort

  2. to bring to light: to elicit the truth

Origin of elicit

C17: from Latin ēlicere to lure forth, from licere to entice

Derived forms of elicit

  • elicitable, adjective
  • elicitation, noun
  • elicitor, noun

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