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elucidate

If you elucidate something, you explain it very clearly. If you don't understand fractions, a visit to the pie shop may elucidate the subject for you.

Elucidate, meaning "to make clear," is from the Late Latin elucidare, from the Latin prefix e-, "thoroughly," and lucidus, "clear, bright." See the word lucid in elucidate? That's an adjective which describes someone who thinks clearly or something that is clear enough to understand.

Definitions of elucidate
  1. verb
    make clear and (more) comprehensible
    synonyms: clarify, clear up
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    Antonyms:
    obfuscate
    make obscure or unclear
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    demystify
    make less mysterious or remove the mystery from
    clear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, sort out, straighten out
    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
    dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
    disambiguate
    state unambiguously or remove ambiguities from
    detail
    provide details for
    exposit, expound, set forth
    state
    exemplify, illustrate, instance
    clarify by giving an example of
    particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify
    be specific about
    type of:
    explain, explicate
    make plain and comprehensible
  2. verb
    make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
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