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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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Eliciting student thinking is a core teaching practice that is useful in many contexts and content areas.
Unlike business requirements capturing and eliciting clinical requirements is a challenging task as requirements engineers have to work with the complex and high-level technical terms and terminologies which they are not familiar [15].
language, but in these studies, vocabulary eliciting questions happened to be part of the intervention, not the focus of it.
They are crucial to a good managerial interaction and to eliciting meaningful behavior.
Some of this touch therapy was also done by family members, eliciting positive results through increased contact and communication.
Some educators will be improperly punished for eliciting what appear to be low gains because of measurement error.
not times arriving or leaving the classes or other matter) fell into two broad functional categories; eliciting information and eliciting confirmation.
Instead of attempting to "set the hook," the investigator should "feed more line" to achieve the goal of eliciting numerous, detailed false exculpatories.
Cortines answered, eliciting a rush of giggles from the children.
However, it was not successful in eliciting feelings related to sexuality, and a more provocative card may be needed in this regard (e.
The tactics for eliciting information from each group differ.
The three proteins have completed preclinical studies in which it was shown that the proteins are immunogenic, eliciting antibodies that recognized a number of GBS serotypes indicating the potential to generate an immune response with broad coverage.
Animal studies demonstrate conclusively that nicotine damages the developing brain by altering the formation, survival, and differentiation of brain cells, eliciting deficits in structure, synaptic function, and behavioral performance (Levin and Slotkin 1998; Slotkin 1998, 2004; Walker et al.
Among these body patterns, the visual background cues for eliciting mottled patterns have not been studied systematically.