lucubrate

intransitive verb
lu·​cu·​brate | \ ˈlük(y)əˌbrāt \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of lucubrate

: to discourse learnedly in writing : expatiate lucubrate in various scholarly journals — compare elucubrate

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Other Words from lucubrate

lucubrator \ -​brātə(r) , -​ātə-​ \ noun, plural -s

History and Etymology for lucubrate

Latin lucubratus, past participle of lucubrare to work by lamplight, compose by night; akin to Latin lucēre to shine

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“Lucubrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lucubrate. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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