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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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British Dictionary definitions for elucidation

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 elucidation
n.

1560s, noun of action from elucidate.

elucidate

v.

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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