explicate

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ex·pli·cate

transitive verb \ˈek-splə-ˌkāt\

: to explain or analyze (something, such as an idea or work of literature)

ex·pli·cat·edex·pli·cat·ing

Full Definition of EXPLICATE

1
:  to give a detailed explanation of
2
:  to develop the implications of :  analyze logically
ex·pli·ca·tion \ˌek-splə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
ex·pli·ca·tor \ˈek-splə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of EXPLICATE

  1. an essay explicating a theory
  2. <the physicist did his best to explicate the wave theory of light for the audience of laymen>

Origin of EXPLICATE

Latin explicatus, past participle of explicare, literally, to unfold, from ex- + plicare to fold — more at ply
First Known Use: 1531

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