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explicate

[ek-spli-keyt]
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verb (used with object), ex·pli·cat·ed, ex·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to make plain or clear; explain; interpret.
  2. 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
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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  • The orchestra is always an explicator, never a mere support.

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British Dictionary definitions for explicator

explicate

verb (tr) formal
  1. to make clear or explicit; explain
  2. to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
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Derived Formsexplicative (ɪkˈsplɪkətɪv) or explicatory (ɪkˈsplɪkətərɪ, -trɪ), adjectiveexplicator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for explicator

explicate

v.

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

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