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

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Other Words from explicate

explication \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce explication (audio) \ noun
explicator \ ˈek-​splə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce explicator (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
Recent Examples on the Web Thompson brilliantly explicates the nuances of the answer. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Is WeWork Really a Tech Company? The Answer Matters—Data Sheet," 6 Sep. 2019 Despite multiple conferences dedicated to explicating Mochizuki’s proof, number theorists have struggled to come to grips with its underlying ideas. Quanta Magazine, "Titans of Mathematics Clash Over Epic Proof of ABC Conjecture," 20 Sep. 2018 Consequently, if Mueller had recommended obstruction charges against Trump based on the legal analysis explicated in Volume II of the report, then the Justice Department would have rejected the recommendation and the legal analysis. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "How Mueller’s Lawyers Spun the OLC Guidance on Indicting a Sitting President," 28 July 2019 And investment guy Adam Seessel explicates the risks of buying shares of Chinese Internet juggernaut Tencent. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Can Anyone Fix the DMV?—Data Sheet," 25 July 2019 The content of their conversation, combined with internal memos released and explicated by an anonymous internal whistleblower, were meant to demonstrate a pervasive and insidious left-wing bias at Google. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Google Crusades for ‘Fairness’," 3 July 2019 In March, Whaley explicated the basics of quantum control of biological systems to a gathering of high school teachers at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "In Pursuit of Quantum Biology With Birgitta Whaley," 30 July 2013 After spending thousands of words explicating the plight of Asians attempting to make it in New York, Yang spells out his contempt for the entire enterprise. Jon Baskin, The New York Review of Books, "Invisible Men," 4 Apr. 2019 Millennia ago, mathematicians explicated the rational solutions to polynomials whose highest exponent is less than 3. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Shed Light on Minimalist Conjecture," 9 July 2013

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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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“Explicate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explicate?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=explic04. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of explicate

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

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