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
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.
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