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Definition of elicit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

elicit

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//iˈlɪsɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//iˈlɪsɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elicit
BrE BrE//iˈlɪsɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//iˈlɪsɪt//
 
he / she / it elicits
BrE BrE//iˈlɪsɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//iˈlɪsɪts//
 
past simple elicited
BrE BrE//iˈlɪsɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//iˈlɪsɪtɪd//
 
past participle elicited
BrE BrE//iˈlɪsɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//iˈlɪsɪtɪd//
 
-ing form eliciting
BrE BrE//iˈlɪsɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//iˈlɪsɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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elicit something (from somebody) (formal) to get information or a reaction from somebody, often with difficulty I could elicit no response from him. Her tears elicited great sympathy from her audience. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin elicit- ‘drawn out by trickery or magic’, from the verb elicere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + lacere ‘entice, deceive’.
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