explicate

[ek-spli-keyt]

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.).

Nearby words

  1. expletively,
  2. expletory,
  3. explicable,
  4. explicandum,
  5. explicans,
  6. explication,
  7. explication de texte,
  8. explicative,
  9. explicatory,
  10. explicit

Origin of explicate

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

Related formsex·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

verb (tr) formal

to make clear or explicit; explain
to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
Derived Formsexplicative (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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Word Origin and History for explicate

explicate

v.

1530s, from Latin explicatus, past participle of explicare "unfold, unravel, explain" (see explicit).

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