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Meaning of EXPLICATE

Pronunciation:  'eksplu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
  2. [v]  make palin and comprehensible; "He explained the laws of physics to his students"

EXPLICATE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: develop, explain, formulate
 See Also: account for, clarify, clear up, comment, conjecture, elucidate, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, inform, interpret, mature, naturalize, redevelop, reformulate, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex"pli*cate\, a. [L. explicatus, p. p. of explicare.]
    Evolved; unfolded. --Jer. Taylor.
  2. \Ex"pli*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Explicated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Explicating}.]
    1. To unfold; to expand; to lay open. [Obs.] ``They explicate
       the leaves.'' --Blackmore.
    2. To unfold the meaning or sense of; to explain; to clear of
       difficulties or obscurity; to interpret.
             The last verse of his last satire is not yet
             sufficiently explicated.              --Dryden.
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