verb (used with object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.
- to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain: an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.
verb (used without object), e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing.
- to provide clarification; explain.
- to make clear (something obscure or difficult); clarify
1560s, perhaps via Middle French élucider (15c.) or directly from Late Latin elucidatus, past participle of elucidare “make clear,” from ex- “out, away” (see ex-) + lucidus “clear” (see lucid). Related: Elucidated; elucidates; elucidating.