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 Dictionary entry overview: What does elicit mean? 

ELICIT (verb)
  The verb ELICIT has 3 senses:

1. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
2. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
3. derive by reason

  Familiarity information: ELICIT used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ELICIT (verb)

Sense 1elicit [BACK TO TOP]


Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


provoke; evoke; elicit; arouse; enkindle; kindle; fire; raise

Context examples:

arouse pity / raise a smile / evoke sympathy

Hypernyms (to "elicit" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "elicit"):

strike a chord; touch a chord (evoke a reaction, response, or emotion)

overcome; overpower; overtake; overwhelm; sweep over; whelm (overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli)

bruise; hurt; injure; offend; spite; wound (hurt the feelings of)

shame (cause to be ashamed)

discomfit; discompose; disconcert; untune; upset (cause to lose one's composure)

anger (make angry)

excite (arouse or elicit a feeling)

excite; shake; shake up; stimulate; stir (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of)

fire up; heat; ignite; inflame; stir up; wake (arouse or excite feelings and passions)

prick (to cause a sharp emotional pain)

infatuate (arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way)

rekindle (arouse again)

draw (elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.)

ask for; invite (increase the likelihood of)

interest (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2elicit [BACK TO TOP]


Deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing


educe; elicit; evoke; extract; draw out

Context example:

We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant

Hypernyms (to "elicit" is one way to...):

construe; interpret; see (make sense of; assign a meaning to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 3elicit [BACK TO TOP]


Derive by reason

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

elicit a solution

Hypernyms (to "elicit" is one way to...):

deduce; deduct; derive; infer (reason by deduction; establish by deduction)

Domain category:

logic; logical system; system of logic (a system of reasoning)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

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