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elicit

Verb

1 call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: arouse, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke]
2 deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning); "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant" [syn: educe, evoke, extract, draw out]
3 derive by reason; "elicit a solution"

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Etymology

elicitus from elicere, to draw forth

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To evoke, educe (emotions, feelings, responses, etc.); to generate, obtain, or provoke as a response or answer.
  2. To draw out, bring out, bring forth (something latent); to obtain information from someone or something.
    Fred wished to elicit the time of the meeting from Jane.
    ''Did you elicit a response?
  3. To use logic to arrive at truth; to derive by reason; deduce; construe.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arouse, bring, bring about, bring forth, bring on, bring out, bring to light, call forth, call out, call up, cause, contrive, deduce, derive, drag out, draw down, draw forth, draw on, draw out, educe, effect, evince, evoke, extort, extract, fetch, get, get from, get out of, induce, inspire, instigate, lead, milk, motivate, muster up, obtain, procure, prompt, provoke, rouse, secure, stimulate, summon forth, summon up, superinduce, wangle, wangle out of, winkle out, worm out, worm out of, wrench, wrest, wring
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