explicate

verb
ex·​pli·​cate | \ ˈek-splə-ˌkāt How to pronounce explicate (audio) \
explicated; explicating

Definition of explicate

transitive verb

1 : to give a detailed explanation of
2 : to develop the implications of : analyze logically

Other Words from explicate

explication \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce explicate (audio) \ noun
explicator \ ˈek-​splə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce explicate (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of explicate in a Sentence

an essay explicating a theory the physicist did his best to explicate the wave theory of light for the audience of laymen
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First Known Use of explicate

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for explicate

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

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18 Jun 2022

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“Explicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explicate. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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