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elucidate

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

First recorded in 1560鈥70; from Late Latin 膿l奴cid膩tus 鈥渆nlightened鈥 (past participle of 膿l奴cid膩re ), equivalent to 膿- intensive prefix + l奴cid(us) 鈥渂right, shining, clear, clear to the understanding鈥 + -膩tus adjective suffix; see origin at e-1, lucid, -ate1

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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 Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for elucidate

elucidate
/ (瑟藞lu藧s瑟藢de瑟t) /

verb
to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify

Derived forms of elucidate

elucidation, nounelucidative or elucidatory, adjectiveelucidator, noun

Word Origin for elucidate

C16: from Late Latin 膿l奴cid膩re to enlighten; see lucid
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