verb (used with object)
to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke:
to elicit the truth; to elicit a response with a question.
drawn out (past participle of
), equivalent to
draw, lure +
past participle suffix
Can be confused
to give rise to; evoke:
to elicit a sharp retort
to bring to light:
to elicit the truth
[C17: from Latin
to lure forth, from
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The double hydrogen bond formed would diminish the ability of the molecule to elicit sweet taste.
This foray into monkey business will elicit a large share of laughter.
The best horror movies, like the best amusement park rides, should elicit equal parts screams and laughter.
His mournful words elicit emphatic shouts of release from the dancers.
This happily dysfunctional family should elicit some giggles.
Their mere evocation will surely elicit as much dismay as delight.
His gifts to strangers almost always elicit a smile.
They tend to elicit, highlight and propagate the most egregious outbursts.
This witty and intelligent picture book is sure to elicit squeals of laughter.
Both items will elicit admiring responses from the other people waiting their turn.
These vaccines will elicit the immune response without the attendant risks of infection.