What does the word elicit mean?

Usage examples for elicit

  1. But the present functions of our officials corresponded to those of the French juges d'instruction; and, having to elicit the truth from a low class of Orientals, they dealt with them after the fashion which alone they would recognize as serious. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  2. I propose to speak to the woman she has introduced as her mother, and elicit what information I can. – Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers