Simple Definition of elucidate
: to make (something that is hard to understand) clear or easy to understand
Full Definition of elucidate
: to make lucid especially by explanation or analysis <elucidate a text>
: to give a clarifying explanation
Examples of elucidate in a sentence
When asked for details, he declined to elucidate further.
<colored charts that really help to elucidate the points made in the text>
Did You Know?
To "elucidate" is to make something clear that was formerly murky or confusing - and it is perfectly clear how the modern term got that meaning. "Elucidate" traces to the Latin term lucidus, which means "lucid." "Lucidus" in turn descends from the verb lucēre, meaning "to shine." So "elucidating" can be thought of as the figurative equivalent of shining a light on something to make it easier to see. "Lucēre" has also produced other shining offspring in English. Among its descendants are "lucid" itself (which can mean "shining," "clear-headed," or "easily understood"), "lucent" (meaning "giving off light" or "easily seen through"), and "translucent" (meaning "partly transparent" or "clear enough for light to pass through").
Origin of elucidate
Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare, from Latin e- + lucidus lucid
First Known Use: circa 1568
Synonym Discussion of elucidate
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