elucidate

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

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elucidate (third-person singular simple present elucidates, present participle elucidating, simple past and past participle elucidated)

  1. 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, "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.

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elucidate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of elucidare
  2. second-person plural imperative of elucidare
  3. feminine past participle of elucidare

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ēlūcidāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of ēlūcidō