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explicate

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verb ex·pli·cate \ˈek-splə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of explicate

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

Full Definition of explicate

ex·pli·cat·edex·pli·cat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a detailed explanation of

  3. 2 :  to develop the implications of :  analyze logically

ex·pli·ca·tion play \ˌek-splə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
ex·pli·ca·tor play \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

Synonym Discussion of explicate

explain, expound, explicate, elucidate, interpret mean to make something clear or understandable. explain implies a making plain or intelligible what is not immediately obvious or entirely known <explain the rules>. expound implies a careful often elaborate explanation <expounding a scientific theory>. explicate adds the idea of a developed or detailed analysis <explicate a poem>. elucidate stresses the throwing of light upon as by offering details or motives previously unclear or only implicit <elucidate an obscure passage>. interpret adds to explain the need for imagination or sympathy or special knowledge in dealing with something <interpreting a work of art>.

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