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to unfold; to make the meaning clear, explain: explicate a theory
Not to be confused with:
implicate – to connect or involve incriminatingly: implicate a witness; to imply: implicate that someone is guilty
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tr.v. ex·pli·cat·ed, ex·pli·cat·ing, ex·pli·cates
To make clear the meaning of; explain. See Synonyms at explain.
[Latin explicāre, explicāt-, to unfold, explain : ex-, ex- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to make clear or explicit; explain
2. to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
[C16: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold]
explicative, explicatory adj
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v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to explain in detail.
[1525–35; < Latin explicātus, past participle of explicāre to unfold, give an account of]
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Past participle: explicated
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|Verb||1.||explicate - make plain and comprehensible; "He explained the laws of physics to his students"|
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
account for - give reasons for; "Can you account for all these absences?"
naturalize - explain with reference to nature
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
comment - explain or interpret something
|2.||explicate - elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"|
develop - elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; "develop the melody and change the key"
develop, evolve, acquire - gain through experience; "I acquired a strong aversion to television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"
hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, conjecture, theorise, theorize, hypothecate, suppose - to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
mature - develop and work out fully in one's mind; "I need to mature my thoughts"
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verb (Formal) explain, interpret, clarify, unfold, clear up, expound, make plain, untangle, elucidate, make clear or explicit scholars who seek to explicate religious texts
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