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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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This study focuses on one teaching practice in elementary mathematics teaching, eliciting student thinking, and seeks to illustrate how knowledge of skills with eliciting student thinking can be gathered at the outset of participation in teacher education, what such findings reveal, and the implications of those findings for teacher education more generally.
Hence ambiguity and misinterpretations are among the common issues faced by requirements engineers when eliciting and capturing requirements.
For example, Whitehurst and his colleagues (e.g., Whitehurst, Arnold, et al., 1994; Whitehurst, Epstein, et al., 1994; Whitehurst et al., 1988) examined the dialogic approach, which featured many types of questions, and included those that are vocabulary eliciting. Although they consistently found effects on children's expressive vocabulary, the effects on receptive vocabulary were not as clear.
Four research assistants were involved, one of whom had volunteered to be videotaped and exposed to an eliciting stimulus; we initially needed to determine an effective unconditioned stimulus (US) with which to elicit the startle reflex, with the designated volunteer out of the room.
Most interestingly, use of the one-trial CTA training procedure on these snails did not result in the CS eliciting the whole-body withdrawal response.
All weekend boaters seem to know instinctively the very best way to elicit flight responses in deeper water, which is by heaving out the anchor as high and as far as one can, thus creating a noise roughly equivalent to the launching of a World War I depth charge, and eliciting flight responses from fish as far below as 60 feet.
He has a way of sensing hidden depths and eliciting emotionally nuanced performances.
Instead, the reflection gets treated as a special phenomenon, generally eliciting curiosity and friendly overtures from females and a mix of distress and fear from males, a new study finds.
The invention thus also features incapacitated bacteria formulated appropriately for use in immunogenic compositions for eliciting an immune response, e.g., for production of antibodies in a non-human host or in a whole cell bacterial vaccine.
(1) Between 1992 and 1995, some 708 new patients at two London sexual health clinics for lesbians and bisexual women completed surveys eliciting information on sexual risk factors.
And if the physician executive does a good job in evaluating and eliciting the ideas of others, the correct decisions and actions to be taken will almost always be quite apparent.
(4) Most patients with BPPV present no evident cause, although head trauma, Meniere's disease, and ear surgery have been accepted in the literature as eliciting events.
The findings provide the first evidence in humans that this type of vaccine can induce immune responses that will protect against multiple group A streptococcus serotypes without eliciting antibodies that cross-react with human tissues, they said.
The massage therapist serves as a stimulus, eliciting a response through touch.