from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify.
- intransitive v. To give an explanation that serves to clarify. See Synonyms at explain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make clear; to clarify; to shed light upon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make clear or manifest; to render more intelligible; to illustrate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make clear or manifest; throw light upon; explain; render intelligible; illustrate: as, an experiment may elucidate a theory.
- Synonyms Expound, etc. (see explain); to unfold, clear up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
- v. make clear and (more) comprehensible
Initially, I used the word elucidate above, as in elucidating mysteries.
It comes from lux, light – to elucidate is to throw light on.
I'll sell more books, and have the opportunity to "elucidate" more people!
One wonders if Amanda knows what the word "elucidate" means.
Next morning, in a hired car, she had Castanado and Mme. Dubroca, Beloiseau and Mme. Alexandre, not merely show but, as the ironworker said, pinching forefinger and thumb together in the air, "elucidate" to her, for hours, the _vieux carré_.
Vying for the award is limited to those who understand what "elucidate" means.
(to 'elucidate' means to explain in greater detail)
And while there are brilliant lines scattered through these pieces Kael was always a fine, needling polemicist, it would probably take acres of footnotes to elucidate exactly what they were all arguing about.
As Mehlmann recalls: "children whose stories taught me about a side of teaching … that says more than university courses are required to elucidate."
However he did not elucidate on what action had been taken.
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