Elucidate meaning

ĭ-lo͝osĭ-dāt
Elucidate is defined as to make something clear.

An example of elucidate is for a student to explain why he has been behaving oddly.

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To explain or clarify something.

She gave a one-word answer and refused to elucidate any further.

verb
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To make clear (esp. something abstruse); explain.
verb
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To make clear; to clarify; to shed light upon.
verb
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2
To make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify.
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Origin of elucidate

  • Late Latin ēlūcidāre ēlūcidāt- Latin ē-, ex- intensive pref. ex– Latin lūcidus bright (from lūcēre to shine leuk- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidō (“clarify”), from Latin ex- and lucidus (“clear”)

    From Wiktionary