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Definition of "elicit" []

  • To bring or draw out (something latent); educe. (verb-transitive)
  • To arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic. (verb-transitive)
  • To call forth, draw out, or provoke (a reaction, for example). See Synonyms at evoke. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "elicit" in a sentence
  • "Of course, this answer is the one I suspect that Dawkins wishes to elicit from the reader of "Meet my cousin, the chimpanzee"."
  • "A similar problem unfolds in stanza five as the speaker seeks to elicit from the urn a transcendental message both aesthetic and ontological that will bring the poem to thematic and formal closure and that will confirm the urn's (and the poem's) status as a revelatory Romantic symbol."
  • "The first step, however, was to elicit from the Germans a concrete statement of aims."