WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ex•pli•cate /ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation v. [+ object],-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

    to explain in detail:Can you explicate the theory?
ex•pli•ca•tion/ˌɛksplɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciationn. [uncountable;
See -plic-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

explicate /ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪt/ vb (transitive) formal
  1. to make clear or explicit; explain
  2. to formulate or develop (a theory, hypothesis, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin explicāre to unfold, from plicāre to fold

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