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[ih-loo-si-deyt] /ɪˈlu sɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), elucidated, elucidating.
to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain:
an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.
Synonyms: clarify, illuminate.
verb (used without object), elucidated, elucidating.
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 forms
elucidation, noun
elucidative, adjective
elucidator, noun
nonelucidating, adjective
nonelucidation, noun
nonelucidative, adjective
unelucidated, adjective
unelucidating, adjective
unelucidative, adjective
Synonym Study
See explain. Unabridged
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  • The pictures often seem to contradict the words, yet at the same time perfectly elucidate the author's message.
  • She read everything she could get her hands on that would elucidate and expand what she was finding out for herself.
  • The pathway could also elucidate how language evolved.
  • Scientists have only just begun to elucidate how these mysterious bugs influence health.
  • While her lively face is conveying her feelings, her fast-moving hands and arms elucidate her thoughts.
  • Illustrations elucidate the text with a wealth of images and characters.
  • Perhaps this will help elucidate the situation.
  • His results and lab notes could be a good stating point in order to elucidate if the process works.
  • One question they failed to elucidate was how far away the rfid reader was.
  • There were many empirical evidences elucidate the trade off between the goals.
British Dictionary definitions for elucidate


to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
Derived Forms
elucidation, noun
elucidative, elucidatory, adjective
elucidator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid
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Word Origin and History for 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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