Definition of explicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

explicate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈeksplɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɪkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they explicate
BrE BrE//ˈeksplɪkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it explicates
BrE BrE//ˈeksplɪkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɪkeɪts//
 
past simple explicated
BrE BrE//ˈeksplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle explicated
BrE BrE//ˈeksplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form explicating
BrE BrE//ˈeksplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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explicate something (formal) to explain an idea or a work of literature in a lot of detail How can we best explicate ‘King Lear’ and understand it? It is impossible to explicate this concept in any meaningful way. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin explicat- ‘unfolded’, from the verb explicare, from ex- ‘out’ + plicare ‘to fold’.
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