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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To draw out. To succeed in getting information or a reaction from someone, especially when this is difficult.

Usage examples (38)
  • The investigator was able to elicit a response from the timid witness through skillful questioning.
  • elicit a solution
  • The first step, however, was to elicit from the Germans a concrete statement of aims.
  • And this is pretty much the standard crest-and-trough reaction I elicit from the Chinese. for more
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  • The criminal tried to "elicit" (to draw forth, to evoke) a response from the police by committing two "illicit" (unlawful) acts.
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