Definition of elicit in US English:

elicit

verb

[with object]
  • 1Evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact) from someone in reaction to one's own actions or questions.

    ‘they invariably elicit exclamations of approval from guests’
    • ‘This is a work-in-progress meant to elicit reaction and address problems in the transport industry.’
    • ‘Pressing him on whether women seriously held the upper hand in government and society, she never quite elicited a satisfying answer.’
    • ‘It's time to start worrying when exhibitions elicit no reaction at all.’
    • ‘In fact, neither of these statements elicited a positive response and Wilson quickly moved on.’
    • ‘Next, the points were stimulated with an ear probe to elicit a positive reaction.’
    • ‘That question's been asked time and time again, and it elicits no valid answer.’
    • ‘If some students disagree with an incorrect answer, elicit the correct response.’
    • ‘Translation into local languages of report and draft Constitution to elicit public responses.’
    • ‘He tried gesturing towards the door but that elicited no useful reaction from the creature.’
    • ‘According to analysts, any bit of good news in this climate elicits an exaggerated reaction in an oversold market that's coming off a slew of negative pre-announcements.’
    • ‘The study was widely reported in newspapers and elicited some unsurprising reactions.’
    • ‘You would imagine that a call to the Department of the Taoiseach would elicit answers to those relatively easy questions.’
    • ‘which are more likely to elicit a positive response than direct statements of fact.’
    • ‘His name isn't going to elicit a positive reaction - it hasn't for over a year now.’
    • ‘Other innovations are eliciting such reactions.’
    • ‘I put the emphasis on that last word just right so to elicit some reaction from him.’
    • ‘Prolonged question and answer sessions will eventually elicit the response the teacher is looking for.’
    • ‘In other words, such a question is not meant to elicit an answer.’
    • ‘We need to stop worrying about what others think of us and make pictures that elicit a gut reaction.’
    • ‘They say they are interested in eliciting strong reactions to their work but, as people, the deepest emotion they seem willing to display is this kind of bland amusement.’
    obtain, bring out, draw out, extract, evoke, bring about, bring forth, induce, excite, give rise to, call forth, prompt, generate, engender, spark off, trigger, kindle
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    1. 1.1archaic Draw forth (something that is latent or potential) into existence.
      ‘a corrupt heart elicits in an hour all that is bad in us’
      • ‘However, the extension to minority groups elicits the potential for internal (cultural or economic) autonomy.’
      • ‘Action potentials are elicited when tiny pores in the nerve cell membrane, known as sodium channels, open up in response to a stimulus.’
      • ‘Detection of the deviant elicits additional evoked potentials.’
      • ‘But eliciting the yet-unrealized potentials of an ecosystem is one thing; firing silver bullets at it is quite another.’
      cause, induce, provoke, create, generate, engender, foster, encourage, lead to, call forth, make happen
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin elicit- ‘drawn out by trickery or magic’, from the verb elicere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + lacere ‘entice, deceive’.

Pronunciation

elicit

/iˈlɪsət//ēˈlisət/