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elucidate

[ih-loo-si-deyt] /ɪˈlu sɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), elucidated, elucidating.
1.
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.
2.
to provide clarification; explain.
Origin
1560-1570
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.
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Examples for elucidates
  • It brings about a poignant feeling and elucidates an atmosphere of mysterious tranquility.
  • So in terms of scale and stakes, the long-distance running as a metaphor obscures rather than elucidates.
  • In this sense each precedent elucidates the meaning of the other.
  • But if that is true, it elucidates merely the transitory nature of obsession, not the character of the university experience.
British Dictionary definitions for elucidates

elucidate

/ɪˈluːsɪˌdeɪt/
verb
1.
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 elucidates
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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