WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
e•lu•ci•date /ɪˈlusɪˌdeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object],-dat•ed, -dat•ing. 
  1. to make clear or understandable, esp. by explaining:The teacher elucidated the difficult passages in the novel.
e•lu•ci•da•tion /ɪˌlusɪˈdeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
e•lu•ci•date  (i lo̅o̅si dāt′), 
v., -dat•ed, -dat•ing. 

  • to make lucid or clear;
    throw light upon;
    explain:an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.

  • v.i. 
  • to provide clarification;
  • Etymology:
    • Late Latin ēlūcidātus (past participle of ēlūcidāre) enlightened, equivalent. to ē- e- + lūcid(us) lucid + -ātus -ate1
    • 1560–70
    e•lu′ci•dation, n. 
    e•luci•da′tive, adj. 
    e•luci•da′tor, n. 
    clarify. See explain. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    elucidate /ɪˈluːsɪˌdeɪt/ vb
    1. to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin ēlūcidāre to enlighten; see lucid

    eˌluciˈdation n eˈluciˌdative, eˈluciˌdatory adj eˈluciˌdator n

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