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.).
Origin of explicate
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Related Words for explicatorscholar, artist, writer, philosopher, linguist, commentator, exponent, editor, spokesperson, professor, guide, critic, speaker, delegate, reviewer, analyst, expositor, decoder, exegete, biographer
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Historical Examples of explicator
The orchestra is always an explicator, never a mere support.Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas
W. J. Henderson
verb (tr) formal
to make clear or explicit; explain
to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
Word Origin for explicate
C16: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold
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1530s, from Latin explicatus, past participle of explicare "unfold, unravel, explain" (see explicit).
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