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Verb (Transitive)

  1. To make clear or manifest; to render more intelligible; to illustrate.


explicate, illuminate


  • /əˈluː.sɪ.de͡ɪt/


From Late Latin ēlūcidātus, perfect passive participle of ēlūcidō (“clarify”), from Latin ex- and lūcidus (“clear”).

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Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Elucidate.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/elucidate. Accessed 25 May 2024.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “elucidate”, accessed May 25, 2024, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/elucidate.

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Elucidate. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/elucidate

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