- Explicate is defined as to analyze something to discover its meaning, or to develop something in further detail.
Analyzing a book to discover its meaning is an example of a time when you explicate.
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transitive verb ex·pli·cat·ed, ex·pli·cat·ing, ex·pli·cates
Origin: Latin explicāre, explicāt-, to unfold, explain : ex-, ex- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
- exˌpli·caˈtion noun
- exˈpli·caˌtor noun