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explicate

[ ek-spli-keyt ]
/ ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), ex·pli·cat·ed, ex·pli·cat·ing.

to make plain or clear; explain; interpret.
to develop (a principle, theory, etc.).

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Origin of explicate

1525–35; <Latin explicātus unfolded, set forth, past participle of explicāre, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + plicāre to fold; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM explicate

ex·pli·ca·tor, nounre·ex·pli·cate, verb (used with object), re·ex·pli·cat·ed, re·ex·pli·cat·ing.un·ex·pli·cat·ed, adjectivewell-ex·pli·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for explicate

explicate
/ (ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr) formal

to make clear or explicit; explain
to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)

Derived forms of explicate

explicative (ɪkˈsplɪkətɪv) or explicatory (ɪkˈsplɪkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjectiveexplicator, noun

Word Origin for explicate

C16: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold
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