dilucidate

transitive verb

Definition of dilucidate

-ed/-ing/-s
obsolete
: to make clear : elucidate

dilucidation

noun, plural -s

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Origin and Etymology of dilucidate

Late Latin dilucidatus, past participle of dilucidare, from Latin di- (from dis- apart) + Late Latin lucidare to make clear, from Latin lucidus clear, shining


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