1. study, apply oneself, excogitate, cerebrate, con, cogitate, burn the midnight oil; dig, grind, Brit. Inf. swot, Brit. Inf. vet, Inf. cram, Sl. hit the books, Sl. crack the books; toil, fag, moil, slave; pore over, concentrate, deliberate, weigh, intellectual-ize; bury oneself in, plunge into, rack one's brains, cudgel one's brains, hammer away at, think hard.
2. discourse, dissertate, Archaic. dissert; expound, exposit, expatiate, descant, explain, explicate; criticize, Sl. critique, review, comment on, discuss.

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  • Lucubrate — Lu cu*brate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lucubrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lucubrated}.] [L. lucubratus, p. p. of lucubrare to work by lamplight, fr. lux light. See {Light}, n.] To study by candlelight or a lamp; to study by night. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lucubrate — Lu cu*brate, v. t. To elaborate, perfect, or compose, by night study or by laborious endeavor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lucubrate — (v.) to work at night, 1620s, from L. lucubratus, pp. of lucubrare to work by lamplight (see LUCUBRATION (Cf. lucubration)). Literally, to work by artificial light, hence to work laboriously …   Etymology dictionary

  • lucubrate — [lo͞o′kə brāt΄, lo͞o′kyo͞obrāt΄] vi. lucubrated, lucubrating [< L lucubratus, pp. of lucubrare, to work by candlelight < lux (gen. lucis), LIGHT1] 1. to work, study, or write laboriously, esp. late at night 2. to write in a scholarly manner …   English World dictionary

  • lucubrate — lucubrator, n. lucubratory /looh kyooh breuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /looh kyoo brayt /, v.i., lucubrated, lucubrating. 1. to work, write, or study laboriously, esp. at night. 2. to write learnedly. [1615 25; < L lucubratus, ptp. of lucubrare to… …   Universalium

  • lucubrate — verb /ˈluː.kjə.bɹeɪt/ To work diligently by artificial light; to study at night. Instead, as Oklahoma’s tenure committee lucubrated over Hill’s future, Syn: burn the midnight oil, elucubrate, pull an all nighter See Also …   Wiktionary

  • lucubrate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To apply one s mind to the acquisition or production of knowledge: con, study. See TEACH …   English dictionary for students

  • lucubrate — v. write, study, research (late at night); write in a learned manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lucubrate — [ lu:kjʊbreɪt] verb archaic write or study, especially by night. ↘produce learned written material. Origin C17 (earlier (C16) as lucubration): from L. lucubrat , lucubrare work by lamplight …   English new terms dictionary

  • lucubrate — lu·cu·brate …   English syllables

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