v. e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing, e·lu·ci·dates
To make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify. See Synonyms at explain.
To explain or clarify something: She gave a one-word answer and refused to elucidate any further.
[Late Latin ēlūcidāre, ēlūcidāt- : Latin ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see EX- + Latin lūcidus, bright (from lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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