elucidate

[ih-loo-si-deyt]
verb (used with object), elucidated, elucidating.
1.
to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain: an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior. clarify, illuminate.
verb (used without object), elucidated, elucidating.
2.
to provide clarification; explain. clarify, clear up, illustrate.

Origin:
1560–70; < Late Latin ēlūcidātus (past participle of ēlūcidāre) enlightened, equivalent to ē- e-1 + lūcid(us) lucid + -ātus -ate1

elucidation, noun
elucidative, adjective
elucidator, noun
nonelucidating, adjective
nonelucidation, noun
nonelucidative, adjective
unelucidated, adjective
unelucidating, adjective
unelucidative, adjective


See explain.
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elucidate (ɪˈluːsɪˌdeɪt)
 
vb
to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
 
[C16: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid]
 
eluci'dation
 
n
 
e'lucidative
 
adj
 
e'lucidatory
 
adj
 
e'lucidator
 
n

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elucidate
1560s, from L.L. elucidatus, pp. of elucidare "make clear," from ex- "out, away" + lucidus "clear" (see lucid). Related: Elucidated; elucidates; elucidating.
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Example sentences
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.
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