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elucidate

[ ih-loo-si-deyt ]
/ ɪˈlu sɪˌdeɪt /
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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.

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Origin of elucidate

First recorded in 1560–70; from Late Latin ēlūcidātus “enlightened” (past participle of ēlūcidāre ), equivalent to ē- intensive prefix + lūcid(us) “bright, shining, clear, clear to the understanding” + -ātus adjective suffix; see origin at e-1, lucid, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for elucidate

elucidate
/ (ɪˈluːsɪˌdeɪt) /

verb

to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
elucidation, nounelucidative or elucidatory, adjectiveelucidator, noun
C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid
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