Pronounced: ih-LOO-tree-ate, verb (first syllable can also be ‘ee-‘ or ‘uh-‘)
Notes: It looks a bit like elucidate, but that’s not the meaning
The word lief means “soon, gladly”
The word first appeared in the 1200s
Background / Comments
The word was lēof in Old English, and started in Bewulf as an adjective meaning “dear” or “beloved”. The adverb appeared later. The word is not used much today; some consider it to be archaic. If it is used, it shows up in a phrase like “would as lief”.