explicate

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verb ex·pli·cate \ˈek-splə-ˌkāt\

Definition of explicate

explicated

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explicating

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

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

explication

play \ˌek-splə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

explicator

play \ˈek-splə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of explicate in a Sentence

  1. an essay explicating a theory

  2. the physicist did his best to explicate the wave theory of light for the audience of laymen

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Origin and Etymology of explicate

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

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

EXPLICATE Defined for English Language Learners

explicate

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Definition of explicate for English Language Learners

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



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