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elucidate (v.)

"make clear or manifest, throw light upon, explain, render intelligible," 1560s, perhaps via French élucider (15c.) or directly from Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare "make light or clear," from assimilated form of ex "out, away" (see ex-) + lucidus "light, bright, clear," figuratively "perspicuous, lucid, clear," from lucere "to shine" (from PIE root *leuk- "to shine, be bright"). Related: Elucidated; elucidates; elucidating.

updated on December 08, 2020

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Definitions of elucidate from WordNet

elucidate (v.)
make clear and (more) comprehensible;
Synonyms: clarify / clear up
elucidate (v.)
make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear;
Synonyms: clear / clear up / shed light on / crystallize / crystallise / crystalize / crystalise / straighten out / sort out / enlighten / illuminate
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