Definition for elucidate

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His lab focuses on finding these shared patterns and elucidating how they alter the functioning of the cells.

After the Khenpo elucidated the problem and hinted at some solution, the Lama, I figured, might be able to expand.

To casually reinforce Carlson’s rhetoric, for whatever reason, in a hearing focused on actually elucidating the causes of migration from the region is jarring.

The statements elucidate enslaved people’s hatred of slavery, actions for their own liberation and ability to bring a major colonial port city to a near-standstill.

Now that the researchers have elucidated how different kinds of defects like wrinkles, domes, and holes impact the properties of these 2D materials, they’re working on ways to precisely pattern them to create more complex chips.

The Biggest Loser could elucidate just what kind of a commitment it takes to be successful in the long-term.

The study aimed to help elucidate the common motivations for pursuing a double mastectomy.

To elucidate his point, he turned a boot upside down and pointed to the thick, tire-like treads on its sole.

To elucidate this it is necessary to plunge into the jungle of pure economic theory.

I was so happy at the opportunity to elucidate my motives to intelligent Americans,—and he was sleeping!

Perhaps some of your correspondents would elucidate this singular oblation.

In dwelling so long on this point my object was not so much to elucidate Liszt's meaning as Chopin's character as a composer.

Toryl, somewhat deflated, but by no means defeated, hastened to elucidate.


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What are other ways to say elucidate?

To elucidate is to throw light on what before was dark and obscure, usually by illustration and commentary and sometimes by elaborate explanation: They asked him to elucidate his statement. To explain is to make plain, clear, or intelligible something that is not known or understood: to explain a theory or a problem. To expound is to give a methodical, detailed, scholarly explanation of something, usually Scriptures, doctrines, or philosophy: to expound the doctrine of free will. To interpret is to give the meaning of something by paraphrase, by translation, or by an explanation based on personal opinion: to interpret a poem or a symbol.

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On this page you'll find 86 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to elucidate, such as: clear up, decode, enlighten, exemplify, explicate, and expound.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.