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[ ih-loo-si-deyt ]

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.

    Synonyms: illuminate, clarify

verb (used without object)

, e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.
  1. to provide clarification; explain.

    Synonyms: illustrate, clear up


/ ɪˈluːsɪˌdeɪt /


  1. to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify

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Derived Forms

  • eˌluciˈdation, noun
  • eˈluciˌdator, noun
  • eˈluciˌdative, adjective

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Other Words From

  • e·lu·ci·da·tion [ih-loo-si-, dey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • e·lu·ci·da·tive adjective
  • e·lu·ci·da·tor noun
  • non·e·lu·ci·dat·ing adjective
  • non·e·lu·ci·da·tive adjective
  • un·e·lu·ci·dat·ed adjective
  • un·e·lu·ci·dat·ing adjective
  • un·e·lu·ci·da·tive adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of elucidate1

First recorded in 1560–70; from Late Latin ēlūcidātus “enlightened” (past participle of ēlūcidāre ), equivalent to ē- intensive prefix + lūcid(us) “bright, shining, clear, clear to the understanding” + -ātus adjective suffix; e- 1, lucid, -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of elucidate1

C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid

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Example Sentences

His lab focuses on finding these shared patterns and elucidating how they alter the functioning of the cells.

After the Khenpo elucidated the problem and hinted at some solution, the Lama, I figured, might be able to expand.

To casually reinforce Carlson’s rhetoric, for whatever reason, in a hearing focused on actually elucidating the causes of migration from the region is jarring.

The statements elucidate enslaved people’s hatred of slavery, actions for their own liberation and ability to bring a major colonial port city to a near-standstill.

Now that the researchers have elucidated how different kinds of defects like wrinkles, domes, and holes impact the properties of these 2D materials, they’re working on ways to precisely pattern them to create more complex chips.

The Biggest Loser could elucidate just what kind of a commitment it takes to be successful in the long-term.

The study aimed to help elucidate the common motivations for pursuing a double mastectomy.

To elucidate his point, he turned a boot upside down and pointed to the thick, tire-like treads on its sole.

To elucidate this it is necessary to plunge into the jungle of pure economic theory.

I was so happy at the opportunity to elucidate my motives to intelligent Americans,—and he was sleeping!

Perhaps some of your correspondents would elucidate this singular oblation.

In dwelling so long on this point my object was not so much to elucidate Liszt's meaning as Chopin's character as a composer.

Toryl, somewhat deflated, but by no means defeated, hastened to elucidate.


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To elucidate something is to throw light upon it or make it clear. How does elucidate compare to synonyms explain, expound, and interpret? Find out on

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