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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•pli•cate /ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -cat•ed, -cat•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•pli•ca•tion /ˌɛksplɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable; countable]See -plic-.
- to explain in detail:Can you explicate the theory?
(ek′spli kāt′),USA pronunciation v.t., -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
- to make plain or clear;
- to develop (a principle, theory, etc.).
- Latin explicātus unfolded, set forth, past participle of explicāre, equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + plicāre to fold; see -ate1
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
explicate /ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪt/ vb (transitive) formal
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold
- to make clear or explicit; explain
- to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
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