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[ek-spli-keyt] /ˈɛk splɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), explicated, explicating.
to make plain or clear; explain; interpret.
to develop (a principle, theory, etc.).
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 forms
explicator, noun
reexplicate, verb (used with object), reexplicated, reexplicating.
unexplicated, adjective
well-explicated, adjective Unabridged
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  • One could get cute and explicate the movie as an anticorporate parable.
British Dictionary definitions for explicate


verb (transitive) (formal)
to make clear or explicit; explain
to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
Derived Forms
explicative (ɪkˈsplɪkətɪv), explicatory (ɪkˈsplɪkətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
explicator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for explicate

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

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