lucubrate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lūcubrātus, perfect passive participle of lūcubrō (work by candlelight), from lūx (light).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈluː.kjə.bɹeɪt/
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lucubrate (third-person singular simple present lucubrates, present participle lucubrating, simple past and past participle lucubrated)

  1. (rare) To work diligently by artificial light; to study at night.
    • 1991 December, K. Boo, “The organization woman”, in The Washington Monthly, volume 23, issue 12, page 44:
      Instead, as Oklahoma’s tenure committee lucubrated over Hill’s future, []
  2. To work or write like a scholar.
    • 1846, Nathaniel Chipman, in Daniel Chipman, The Life of Hon. Nathaniel Chipman, LL.D., p. 261,
      [] I shall not hesitate to repeat some of my former thoughts, when lucubrating upon the same subject.

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Verb[edit]

lūcubrāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of lūcubrō