elucidate

verb
elu·ci·date | \ i-ˈlü-sə-ˌdāt \
elucidated; elucidating

Definition of elucidate 

transitive verb

: to make lucid especially by explanation or analysis elucidate a text

intransitive verb

: to give a clarifying explanation

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Other words from elucidate

elucidation \i-ˌlü-sə-ˈdā-shən \ noun
elucidative \i-ˈlü-sə-ˌdā-tiv \ adjective
elucidator \i-ˈlü-sə-ˌdā-tər \ noun

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explain, expound, explicate, elucidate, interpret mean to make something clear or understandable. explain implies a making plain or intelligible what is not immediately obvious or entirely known. explain the rules expound implies a careful often elaborate explanation. expounding a scientific theory explicate adds the idea of a developed or detailed analysis. explicate a poem elucidate stresses the throwing of light upon as by offering details or motives previously unclear or only implicit. elucidate an obscure passage interpret adds to explain the need for imagination or sympathy or special knowledge in dealing with something. interpreting a work of art

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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").

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

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Meanwhile, the agency has continued to deepen our understanding of Earth's past, present, and future, and deep space telescopes have elucidated the nature of the Universe. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "With three words, President Trump fortifies a flawed perception about NASA," 21 June 2018 All historical references are carefully elucidated in the same teacherly tone, from the House Un-American Activities Committee to the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency to the development of photocopies and pesticides. The Washington Post, latimes.com, "Jake Tapper's thrilling, uneven McCarthy-era Washington drama, 'The Hellfire Club'," 4 May 2018 All historical references are carefully elucidated in the same teacherly tone, from the House Un-American Activities Committee to the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency to the development of photocopies and pesticides. The Washington Post, latimes.com, "Jake Tapper's thrilling, uneven McCarthy-era Washington drama, 'The Hellfire Club'," 4 May 2018 Among the royal effects is a c. 1700 carved giltwood armchair possibly used by Louis XIV at official audiences in the royal bedchamber (the show elucidates the surprisingly public nature of certain palace rooms). Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)’ Review: Virtual Time Travel," 11 Apr. 2018 Maybe someone would propose a study to elucidate the disconnect between the stereotype of single people as selfish and the reality of their giving ways. Bella Depaulo, chicagotribune.com, "Think single people are selfish? The research proves otherwise," 26 May 2018 Harry: Life, Love, and Loss (Hachette) elucidates everything from Prince Harry’s relationship with his mother, to his tumultuous adolescence, to his newsworthy lovelife. Keziah Weir, Vanities, "All the Books to Read for Your Post-Wedding Royals Fix," 24 May 2018 Once praised as a tech revolutionary, Zuckerberg has since been left to answer for his site’s missteps, and what the fallout elucidates about the role of social media in contemporary American life. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Mark Zuckerberg Tells Congress He's Sorry," 10 Apr. 2018 Perhaps neural networks like this, in which the grid-cell layer can be given inputs for the place-cell layer to interpret, can provide a model system for elucidating that relationship. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "AI trained to navigate develops brain-like location tracking," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of elucidate

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for elucidate

Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare, from Latin e- + lucidus lucid

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The first known use of elucidate was circa 1568

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elucidate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elucidate

: to make (something that is hard to understand) clear or easy to understand

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