verb elic·it \i-ˈli-sət\

: to get (a response, information, etc.) from someone

Full Definition of ELICIT

transitive verb
:  to draw forth or bring out (something latent or potential) <hypnotism elicited his hidden fears>
:  to call forth or draw out (as information or a response) <her remarks elicited cheers>
elic·i·ta·tion \i-ˌli-sə-ˈtā-shən, ˌē-\ noun
elic·i·tor \i-ˈli-sə-tər\ noun

Examples of ELICIT

  1. She's been trying to elicit the support of other committee members.
  2. My question elicited no response.
  3. She's been unable to elicit much sympathy from the public.
  4. If ever there was a two-way pleasure street, it's the delight a baby takes in being tickled and the joy the parent experiences in the tumble of laughter it elicits. —Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 17 Jan. 2005

Origin of ELICIT

Latin elicitus, past participle of elicere, from e- + lacere to allure
First Known Use: 1605

Rhymes with ELICIT


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