explicate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin explicāre, present active infinitive of explicō (unfold", "to explain).

Verb[edit]

explicate (third-person singular simple present explicates, present participle explicating, simple past and past participle explicated)

  1. (transitive) To explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze.
    My homework is to explicate a poem.

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Adjective[edit]

explicate (comparative more explicate, superlative most explicate)

  1. (obsolete) Evolved; unfolded.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Latin[edit]

Adverb[edit]

explicātē (not comparable)

  1. clearly, plainly

Verb[edit]

explicāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of explicō