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lucubrate

[loo-kyoo-breyt] /ˈlu kyʊˌbreɪt/
verb (used without object), lucubrated, lucubrating.
1.
to work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night.
2.
to write learnedly.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin lūcubrātus, past participle of lūcubrāre to work by artificial light, equivalent to lūcu-, variant (before labials) of lūci-, combining form of lūcēre to shine + -br(um) instrumental suffix + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
lucubrator, noun
lucubratory
[loo-kyoo-bruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /luˈkyu brəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lucubrator

lucubrate

/ˈluːkjʊˌbreɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to write or study, esp at night
Derived Forms
lucubrator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūcubrāre to work by lamplight
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Word Origin and History for lucubrator

lucubrate

v.

"to work at night," 1620s, from Latin lucubratus, past participle of lucubrare "to work by lamplight" (see lucubration). Literally, "to work by artificial light," hence "to work laboriously."

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