- to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain: an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.
- to provide clarification; explain.
Origin of elucidate
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- to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid
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