verb (-dated; -dating) Etymology: Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare, from Latin e- + lucidus lucid Date: circa 1568 transitive verb to make lucid especially by explanation or analysis <
elucidate a text
intransitive verb to give a clarifying explanation Synonyms: see explainelucidation nounelucidative adjectiveelucidator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Elucidate — E*lu ci*date, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Elucidated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Elucidating}.] [LL. elucidatus, p. p. of elucidare; e + lucidus full of light, clear. See {Lucid}.] To make clear or manifest; to render more intelligible; to illustrate; as, an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elucidate — I verb annotate, ascertain, bring out more clearly, cast light upon, clarify, clear of obscurity, clear up, comment upon, commentate, construe, decipher, decode, define, demonstrate, describe, detail, determine, disentangle, enlighten, enucleate …   Law dictionary

  • elucidate — 1560s, perhaps via M.Fr. élucider (15c.) or directly from L.L. elucidatus, pp. of elucidare make clear, from ex out, away (see EX (Cf. ex )) + lucidus clear (see LUCID (Cf. lucid)). Related: Elucidated; elucidates; …   Etymology dictionary

  • elucidate — interpret, construe, expound, *explain, explicate Analogous words: illustrate, *exemplify: demonstrate, *prove …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • elucidate — [v] explain in detail annotate, clarify, clear, clear up, decode, demonstrate, draw a picture*, enlighten, exemplify, explicate, expound, get across*, gloss, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, make perfectly clear, make plain, make see daylight* …   New thesaurus

  • elucidate — ► VERB ▪ make clear; explain. DERIVATIVES elucidation noun elucidatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin elucidare make clear …   English terms dictionary

  • elucidate — [ə lo͞o′sə dāt΄, ilo͞o′sə dāt΄] vt., vi. elucidated, elucidating [< LL elucidatus, pp. of elucidare, to make light or clear < L e , out + lucidus: see LUCID] to make clear (esp. something abstruse); explain SYN. EXPLAIN elucidation n.… …   English World dictionary

  • elucidate — [[t]ɪlu͟ːsɪdeɪt[/t]] elucidates, elucidating, elucidated VERB If you elucidate something, you make it clear and easy to understand. [FORMAL] [V n] Haig went on to elucidate his personal principle of war... There was no need for him to elucidate.… …   English dictionary

  • elucidate — UK [ɪˈluːsɪdeɪt] / US [ɪˈlusɪˌdeɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms elucidate : present tense I/you/we/they elucidate he/she/it elucidates present participle elucidating past tense elucidated past participle elucidated formal to make… …   English dictionary

  • elucidate — verb Elucidate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑nature, ↑role …   Collocations dictionary

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