elucidate

[ih-loo-si-deyt]

verb (used with object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.

to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain: an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.

verb (used without object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.

to provide clarification; explain.

Nearby words

  1. elspeth,
  2. elt,
  3. elton,
  4. eluant,
  5. eluate,
  6. elucidation,
  7. elucubrate,
  8. elude,
  9. eluent,
  10. elul

Origin of elucidate

1560–70; < Late Latin ēlūcidātus (past participle of ēlūcidāre) enlightened, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūcid(us) lucid + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

Synonym study

See explain.

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British Dictionary definitions for elucidation

elucidate

verb

to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
Derived Formselucidation, nounelucidative or elucidatory, adjectiveelucidator, noun

Word Origin for elucidate

C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid

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