Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make clear the meaning of; explain. synonym: explain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unfolded; explicated.
  • To unfold; expand; open.
  • To unfold the meaning or sense of; explain; interpret.
  • To give an explanation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To unfold; to expand; to lay open.
  • transitive verb To unfold the meaning or sense of; to explain; to clear of difficulties or obscurity; to interpret.
  • adjective Evolved; unfolded.

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  • verb transitive To explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make plain and comprehensible
  • verb elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin explicāre, explicāt-, to unfold, explain : ex-, ex- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin explicāre, present active infinitive of explicō ("unfold", "to explain").

Examples

  • Could you contact orthoneurologists if that's even a word and explicate the two star quarterbacks' respective injuries?

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  • I share your impatience with topical books or books that don't try to do anything but explicate a theme, but I don't see why saying something is incompatible with literary performance.

    Doing Something as a Reality

  • He saw the manifest aspect of the universe in space and time as part of an explicate order, and that underlying the substrate of matter is an implicate order, which is generative and holographic.

    James O'Dea: Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being

  • He saw the manifest aspect of the universe in space and time as part of an explicate order, and that underlying the substrate of matter is an implicate order, which is generative and holographic.

    James O'Dea: Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being

  • He saw the manifest aspect of the universe in space and time as part of an explicate order, and that underlying the substrate of matter is an implicate order, which is generative and holographic.

    James O'Dea: Finding the Holy of Holies: Sticky Particles and the Ground of All Being

  • Further, both the looser, more informal structure and the reader-friendly critical language Thirlwell employs seem to me to work to accomplish one of criticism's legitimate tasks, which is to explicate features of literary works that are not necessarily obvious to all readers, that require the critic to call attention to them as evocatively as possible.

    Translated Texts

  • The real difference is that Auerbach is attempting to explicate the text in front of him, to help the reader "see" more fully what is really going on in the scene from the Odyssey.

    Literary Study

  • I myself generally adopt the latter strategy when attempting a review of an unconventional work, although I don't so much try to make the work fit the existing categories as to explicate what it seems to me to be doing that effectively replaces or substitutues for those categories.

    Experimental Fiction

  • Such critics might have been able to explicate the novel more rigorously and with a more informed perspective on its historical, national-literary, and biographical contexts.

    Book Reviewing

  • Years ago I had the opportunity to visit the santeria shrine at Barracoa in Cuba with a practitioner who was ready to explicate the beliefs behind African religion.

    An Interview with Robert Stone

Comments

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  • See implicate for usage note.

    August 4, 2008

  • We can never wholly explicate a poem any more than we can explicate ourselves, or another person—but we can try to come close.

    Donald Hall, "To Read Poetry"

    July 27, 2011