Word of the Day: elucidate

elu·ci·date verb \i-ˈlü-sə-ˌdāt\ : to make (something that is hard to understand) clear or easy to understand

elu·ci·dat·ed
elu·ci·dat·ing

Full Definition of ELUCIDATE

transitive verb
: to make lucid especially by explanation or analysis <elucidate a text>
intransitive verb
: to give a clarifying explanation
elu·ci·da·tion\-ˌlü-sə-ˈdā-shən\noun
elu·ci·da·tive\-ˈlü-sə-ˌdā-tiv\adjective
elu·ci·da·tor\-ˌdā-tər\noun
Examples of ELUCIDATE
  1. When asked for details, he declined to elucidate further.
  2. <colored charts that really help to elucidate the points made in the text>

Origin of ELUCIDATE

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

First Known Use: circa 1568

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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