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to write in a scholarly way; to work, write, or study laboriously, especially late at night: She would be a more well-rounded person if she didn’t lucubrate so much.
Not to be confused with:
lubricate – to make slippery or smooth; apply a lubricant to a machine to diminish friction; to smooth over a problem; ease: to lubricate a family squabble
intr.v. lu·cu·brat·ed, lu·cu·brat·ing, lu·cu·brates Archaic
To study or write in a scholarly fashion.
(intr) to write or study, esp at night
[C17: from Latin lūcubrāre to work by lamplight]
v.i. -brat•ed, -brat•ing.
1. to work, write, or study laboriously, esp. at night.
2. to write learnedly.
[1615–25; < Latin lūcubrātus, past participle of lūcubrāre to work by artificial light]
Past participle: lucubrated
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|Verb||1.||lucubrate - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"|
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
detail - provide details for