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explicate

[ ek-spli-keyt ]
/ 藞蓻k spl瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路pli路cat路ed, ex路pli路cat路ing.
to make plain or clear; explain; interpret.
to develop (a principle, theory, etc.).
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Origin of explicate

1525鈥35; <Latin explic膩tus unfolded, set forth, past participle of explic膩re, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + plic膩re to fold; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM explicate

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

explicate
/ (藞蓻kspl瑟藢ke瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of explicate

explicative (瑟k藞spl瑟k蓹t瑟v) or explicatory (瑟k藞spl瑟k蓹t蓹r瑟, -tr瑟), adjectiveexplicator, noun

Word Origin for explicate

C16: from Latin explic膩re to unfold, from plic膩re to fold
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