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educe

play
verb \i-ˈdüs also -ˈdyüs\

Definition of educe

educededuc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring out (as something latent)

  3. 2 :  deduce

educ·ible play \-ˈdü-sə-bəl also -ˈdyü-\ adjective
educ·tion play \-ˈdək-shən\ noun


Examples of educe

  1. <the gift of a puppy finally educed a response from the shy boy>



Origin of educe

Latin educere to draw out, from e- + ducere to lead — more at tow


First Known Use: 1603

Synonym Discussion of educe

educe, evoke, elicit, extract, extort mean to draw out something hidden, latent, or reserved. educe implies the bringing out of something potential or latent <educed order out of chaos>. evoke implies a strong stimulus that arouses an emotion or an interest or recalls an image or memory <a song that evokes warm memories>. elicit usually implies some effort or skill in drawing forth a response <careful questioning elicited the truth>. extract implies the use of force or pressure in obtaining answers or information <extracted a confession from him>. extort suggests a wringing or wresting from one who resists strongly <extorted their cooperation by threatening to inform>.

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