Definition of elucidate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈl(j)uːsɪdeɪt/


[with object]
Make (something) clear; explain: work such as theirs will help to elucidate this matter [with clause]: in what follows I shall try to elucidate what I believe the problems to be
More example sentences
  • Lest there be an accusation of harsh criticism, we should say their success in elucidating some aspects of Islamic economics deserves commendation.
  • The term aura, with its associations of authenticity, power, and presence in a work of art, proves to be apt for elucidating the primary concerns of this book.
  • It is however predictable that she is particularly good at elucidating the influences on Joyce of all the female members of his family and those of his patrons and benefactors.
explain, make clear, make plain, illuminate, throw/shed light on, clarify;
comment on, interpret, explicate, expound on, gloss, annotate, spell out;
clear up, sort out, resolve, straighten up/out, unravel, untangle



Pronunciation: /ɪˈl(j)uːsɪdətɪv/
Example sentences
  • In particular, these findings are elucidative to understand mechanisms of thermal adaptation of thermophiles, and for developing thermostable enzymes for biotechnological applications.
  • This elucidative program documents the development of a simple XML parser for the LAML software package.
  • And I am not saying that all of Empson's elucidative (or would-be elucidative) writing is on this new high level.


Pronunciation: /ɪˈluːsɪdeɪtə/
Example sentences
  • It's not about language as self-adornment but as an elucidator.
  • Lippmann's popularity as a daily elucidator of world-events soon grew nationwide, and his column was last week being syndicated in 160 U. S. and Canadian newspapers of assorted political persuasion.


Pronunciation: /ɪˈl(j)uːsɪˌdeɪtəri/
Example sentences
  • Philosophy is not descriptive but elucidatory.
  • Harvey did most of the talking - and he is fascinating to just listen to - but of equal importance are Isabel ‘s elucidatory comments and verification of statements.
  • His lecturing technique has always been uniquely charismatic: approachable and elucidatory at the same time, he has always known how to enthrall an audience.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin elucidat- 'made clear', from the verb elucidare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + lucidus 'lucid'.

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