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Definitions of elicit

  1. To draw out or entice forth; to bring to light; to bring out against the will; to deduce by reason or argument; as, to elicit truth by discussion. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To draw out; as, to elicit a reply. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To entice or draw out: to bring to light: to deduce. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To draw forth. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To draw out, as by attraction or inducement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses; "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning); "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To draw out; to bring to light; to deduce; to strike out. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To draw out; to extract; to deduce by reason or argument. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for elicit

  1. For the remainder of their dread progress they would elicit only the startled regard of an occasional adult farmer. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  2. Meanwhile her self- revelations continued, being evidently prompted, at least as much by the desire to obtain some explanation of herself for herself, to whom she was, she avowed, a complete puzzle, as by the desire to elicit answering confidences from me. – The Story of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland and of the new Gospel of Interpretation by Edward Maitland
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