elicit

When you elicit, you're bringing out a response of some sort. A good comedian elicits a lot of laughs.

Elicit has to do with creating or provoking a response. A great speech will elicit cheers — a bad speech will elicit boos. Teachers try to elicit responses from students. If a friend smiles at you, it will probably elicit a smile of your own. In court, a lawyer might try to elicit mistakes and inconsistencies in the testimony of a witness. In all cases, whatever is elicited is some kind of response.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: elicit

1
v
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
2
v
deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: elicit
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v call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Synonyms:
arouse, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
Types:
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strike a chord, touch a chord
evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
ask for, invite
increase the likelihood of
draw
elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
rekindle
arouse again
infatuate
arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way
prick
to cause a sharp emotional pain
fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, stir up, wake
arouse or excite feelings and passions
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
excite
arouse or elicit a feeling
anger
make angry
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure
shame
cause to be ashamed
bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
hurt the feelings of
overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
interest
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
devastate
overwhelm or overpower
absorb, engage, engross, occupy
consume all of one's attention or time
clutch, get hold of, seize
affect
affront, diss, insult
treat, mention, or speak to rudely
ferment
work up into agitation or excitement
fuel
stimulate
arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
stimulate sexually
affright, fright, frighten, scare
cause fear in
enervate, faze, unnerve, unsettle
disturb the composure of
dissolve
cause to lose control emotionally
combust
cause to become violent or angry
miff
cause to be annoyed
gall, irk
irritate or vex
exasperate, incense, infuriate
make furious
madden
make mad
offend, pique
cause to feel resentment or indignation
bemuse, bewilder, discombobulate, throw
cause to be confused emotionally
abash, embarrass
cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
discountenance
look with disfavor on
anguish, hurt, pain
cause emotional anguish or make miserable
lacerate
deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
sting
cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
enrage
put into a rage; make violently angry
thrill, tickle, vibrate
feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
afflict
cause great unhappiness for; distress
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
invite, tempt
give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
kill
overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
benight
overtake with darkness or night
knock out
overwhelm with admiration
stagger
astound or overwhelm, as with shock
lock
hold fast (in a certain state)
elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
heighten or intensify
titillate
excite pleasurably or erotically
aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate
exasperate or irritate
fascinate, grip, spellbind, transfix
to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
enthuse
cause to feel enthusiasm
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
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v deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)

Synonyms:
draw out, educe, evoke, extract
Type of:
construe, interpret, see
make sense of; assign a meaning to

v derive by reason

elicit a solution”
Type of:
deduce, deduct, derive, infer
reason by deduction; establish by deduction
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