Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify. synonym: explain.
  • intransitive verb To explain or clarify something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make clear or manifest; to render more intelligible; to illustrate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make clear; to clarify; to shed light upon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
  • verb make clear and (more) comprehensible

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin ēlūcidāre, ēlūcidāt- : Latin ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + Latin lūcidus, bright (from lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots).]

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

Examples

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  • verb: make clearer and easier to understand

    Youtube is great place to learn just about anything--an expert elucidates finer points so that even a complete novice can learn.

    October 19, 2016