i-ˈdüs How to pronounce educe (audio)
 also  -ˈdyüs
educed; educing

transitive verb

: to bring out (something, such as something latent)
: deduce
i-ˈdü-sə-bəl How to pronounce educe (audio)
 also  -ˈdyü-
eduction noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of educe in a Sentence

the gift of a puppy finally educed a response from the shy boy

Word History


Latin educere to draw out, from e- + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of educe was in 1603

Dictionary Entries Near educe

Cite this Entry

“Educe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


educed; educing
: to bring out : elicit
educe a response
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