elicit (something) from (someone)

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elicit (something) from (someone)

1. To provoke something from someone, typically a specific reaction or emotion. Geez, what did you say to elicit such anger from Ben?
2. To obtain something from someone. Don't worry, our spy will elicit the documents we need from our enemies.
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elicit something from someone

to obtain information from someone. I hoped to elicit a statement from the mayor, but I could not reach her. Larry was not able to elicit anything new from Jane.
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I remember the contrast between the general quietness of his class and the bursts of laughter he would elicit from us when he would do or say something funny.
David's email soon pinged with a message from Simon Bunting, eager to elicit from us further illumination for our dear readers as to the exact site of the proposed marina.