• (British) IPA: /əˈluː.sɪ.de͡ɪt/
  • (America) enPR: ĭ-lo͞o'-sĭ-dāt

elucidate (elucidates, present participle elucidating; past and past participle elucidated)

  1. (transitive) To make clear; to clarify; to shed light upon.
    • 1817, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, ch. 13:
      The business, however, though not perfectly elucidated by this speech, soon ceased to be a puzzle.
    • 1960, "[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,869472,00.html Medicine: Unmasking the Brain]," Time, 4 April:
      [P]hysicians at the annual meeting of the American Academy of General Practice were fascinated by a 3-ft. model showing the brain's components in 20 layers of translucent plastic, and wired for colored lights to elucidate some of its workings.
    • 2004, David Bernstein, “Philosophy Hitches a Ride With ‘The Sopranos’ ↗,” New York Times, 13 April (retrieved 19 Aug. 2009):
      The new Sopranos volume has 17 essays that examine the television show and elucidate concepts from classical philosophers, including Aristotle, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Sun Tzu and Plato.
    Synonyms: explicate, illuminate
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