elucidate elucidate  /ɪ ˈlu sə ˌdeɪt/


  1. (v) make clear and (more) comprehensible
  2. (v) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear


  1. The core of Piaget is his belief that looking carefully at how knowledge develops in children will elucidate the nature of knowledge in general.
  2. Early last Saturday morning, the Senate finally approved the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, which attempts to elucidate a set of nationwide educational standards.
  3. As the writer of PTI'S Medicine section, Anastasia Toufexis often finds herself trying to elucidate medical matters that scientists themselves are hard-pressed to explain.


  1. Word Watch: Proving Linguistic Rules Gets Complicated

    Q: I have been wondering about the expression "the exception proves the rule." Can you elucidate? I'd be interested in its history and some examples to clarify the meaning. — Frank Aleman via email        
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Hartford Courant

  2. Fug or Fab: Amy Adams

    I suspect this is one of those dresses which is LOVELY in person, but photographs kinda meh — and I have my reasons, which I will elucidate shortly. What do you think?
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Go Fug Yourself


  1. "This is the latest in a series of landmark papers from deCODE in which we have utilized our unique capabilities in human genetics to elucidate some of the key mechanisms driving human evolution," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE. "We are...
    on Feb 1, 2008 By: Kari Stefansson Source: FOXBusiness

  2. "Martin's understanding of the historic equipped him to illuminate the past, elucidate the present and envision the future," said Lowery, who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with King in 1957. "His pursuit of justice...
    on Jan 16, 2009 By: Joseph Lowery Source: University of Chicago Chronicle

  3. "I have no plan to make a further tariff reduction offer in agriculture. There are plenty of aspects and areas of our offer where we can elaborate, elucidate and specify," Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson told the European Parliament,...
    on Nov 23, 2005 By: Peter Mandelson Source: Advertiser Adelaide

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