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Saturday, March 11, 2000

Definitions for elucidate

  1. To make clear or manifest; to render more intelligible; to illustrate; as, an example will elucidate the subject.

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Citations for elucidate
He thought that film's promise and purpose was to elucidate the real, to reveal the patterns already before us, and he believed that unity of space and time were paramount. Nancy Reisman, House Fires
Beginning our journey into the past, we will now examine plant and animal clues in amber to elucidate the mysteries of the forest that was the home of our bee. George Poinar Jr. and Roberta Poinar, The Amber Forest :A Reconstruction of a Vanished World
Origin of elucidate
1560-1570
Elucidate comes from Late Latin elucidare, to clear up, from ex-, e-, out of + lucidus, bright, from lux, luc- light. Hence to elucidate is to bring the inner light out of an obscure subject. One who elucidates is an elucidator; that which tends to elucidate is elucidative; the act of elucidating, or that which elucidates, is an elucidation.