V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to make clear, lucid, and understandable; 2. to explain

Synonyms: clarify, explain, illuminate, explicate, interpret

Antonyms: confuse, obscure

Tips: Elucidate is related to the English word lucid or "clear." When you elucidate something, you make it more clear and easy to understand. Both lucid and elucidate are derived from the same Latin word that means "light." Think: when you elucidate, you shine light on something that was previously dark or unclear, so now it is clear and easily understood.

Usage Examples:

I'm a bit confused, so I am hoping that you can elucidate the meaning of these numbers for me. (clarify, explain)

It wasn't until the end of the film that the main character's confusing course of action was elucidated. (explained, clarified)

I would be happy to elucidate the matter so that you can fully understand what happened here. (explain)

It would be helpful for you to elucidate your reasoning to make everything clear. (clarify, explain)

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