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.

Origin of elucidate

1560–70; < Late Latin ēlūcidātus (past participle of ēlūcidāre) enlightened, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūcid(us) lucid + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·lu·ci·da·tion, noune·lu·ci·da·tive, adjectivee·lu·ci·da·tor, nounnon·e·lu·ci·dat·ing, adjectivenon·e·lu·ci·da·tion, nounnon·e·lu·ci·da·tive, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·dat·ed, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·dat·ing, adjectiveun·e·lu·ci·da·tive, adjective

Synonym study

See explain.
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Related Words for elucidation

definition, explanation, clarification, commentary

Examples from the Web for elucidation

Contemporary Examples of elucidation

Historical Examples of elucidation

  • At all events she would throw the burden of an elucidation upon him.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford

  • The language was unequivocal, the assertion one that required no elucidation.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • Both were able to explain the matter, and Karl proceeded to offer the elucidation.

  • The most valuable recent contribution to the elucidation of this subject.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • Yet I think the context furnishes a clue to its elucidation.

    The Castaways

    Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for elucidation



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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Word Origin and History for elucidation

1560s, noun of action from elucidate.



1560s, perhaps via Middle French élucider (15c.) or directly from Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare "make clear," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + lucidus "clear" (see lucid). Related: Elucidated; elucidates; elucidating.

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