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elucidate

e·lu·ci·date

elucidate

 
pronunciation:
ih lu sih deIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: elucidated, elucidates, elucidating
definition: to make clear; clarify or explain.
Her feelings were so complex that she couldn't elucidate them to anyone else.The teacher elucidated the meaning and significance of the poem.
antonyms:
confuse
similar words:
clarify, exhibit, explain, get across, illuminate, interpret
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make something clear; explain; clarify.
He knew the simple answer to the question but he could not elucidate further.
similar words:
amplify, explain, interpret
derivations: elucidative (adj.), elucidation (n.), elucidator (n.)
Word Parts
The word elucidate contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
luc, lum Latin root that means light; shine
synonyms:
phot, photo
 
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).