[ ih-loo-kyoo-breyt ]
/ ɪˈlu kyʊˌbreɪt /

verb (used with object), e·lu·cu·brat·ed, e·lu·cu·brat·ing.

to produce (especially literary work) by long and intensive effort.


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Origin of elucubrate

1615–25; < Latin ēlūcubrātus, past participle of ēlūcubrāre to spend the night over (a literary work). See e-1, lucubrate


e·lu·cu·bra·tion, noun

Words nearby elucubrate

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Example sentences from the Web for elucubration

  • This elucubration was called: "Triplici nodo triplex cuneus," which probably means "A triple pry for the triple knot."

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell