Elicit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |iˈlɪsɪt|  American pronunciation of the word elicit
Brit.  |ɪˈlɪsɪt|  British pronunciation of the word elicit
- call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) (syn: arouse, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise)
- deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning) (syn: draw out, educe, evoke, extract)
- derive by reason
elicit a solution


She's been trying to elicit the support of other committee members.

My question elicited no response.

She's been unable to elicit much sympathy from the public.

This question elicited a great round of applause from the audience.

When her knock elicited no response, she opened the door and peeped in.

The test uses pictures to elicit words from the child.

...the film's sophisticated drolleries will elicit smiles and chuckles even upon repeated viewings...

He surprised himself by the amount of fun and sparkle he contrived to elicit.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: elicit
he/she/it: elicits
present participle: eliciting
past tense: elicited
past participle: elicited
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