explicate

 /ˈɛksplɪˌkeɪt/

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


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ex•pli•cate  (ekspli kāt′), 
v.t., -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to make plain or clear;
    explain;
    interpret.
  2. to develop (a principle, theory, etc.).
Etymology:
  • Latin explicātus unfolded, set forth, past participle of explicāre, equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + plicāre to fold; see -ate1
  • 1525–35
expli•ca′tor, n. 


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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