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/ ɪˈlu sɪˌdeɪt /
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verb (used with object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.
verb (used without object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.
to provide clarification; explain.
OTHER WORDS FOR elucidate
1 clarify, illuminate.
2 clear up, illustrate.
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Origin of elucidate
OTHER WORDS FROM elucidate
e·lu·ci·da·tion [ih-loo-si-dey-shuhn], /ɪˌlu sɪˈdeɪ ʃən/, noune·lu·ci·da·tive, adjectivee·lu·ci·da·tor, nounnon·e·lu·ci·dat·ing, adjective
non·e·lu·ci·da·tive, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·dat·ed, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·dat·ing, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·da·tive, adjective
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How to use elucidate in a sentence
“She was elucidating concerns that we all had but she gave them words,” writer/director Robert Benton later recalled.Co-Stars Who Hated Each Other: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' and More|Marlow Stern|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I leave to anatomists equipped with more delicate instruments than I the task of elucidating this obscure question.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
But all those subjects have only been taken up with the one object of elucidating Prussian problems and directing Prussian policy.German Problems and Personalities|Charles Sarolea
Added to these startling figures is a vast amount of material, dramatic and literary, further elucidating this subject.Marriage and Love|Emma Goldman
The whole is treated in the Micheletian manner, in distinct chapters, each elucidating some mind.
No group of animals is more instructive in elucidating the paths of migration from this centre than the terrestrial mollusca.The History of the European Fauna|R. F. Scharff
British Dictionary definitions for elucidate
/ (ɪˈluːsɪˌdeɪt) /
to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
Derived forms of elucidateelucidation, nounelucidative or elucidatory, adjectiveelucidator, noun
Word Origin for elucidate
C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid
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