- 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.
transitive verbex·pli·cat·ed, ex·pli·cat·ing, ex·pli·cates
Origin of explicateLatin explicāre, explicāt-, to unfold, explain : ex-, ex- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present explicates, present participle explicating, simple past and past participle explicated)
(comparative more explicate, superlative most explicate)
- (obsolete) Evolved; unfolded.
From Latin explicāre, present active infinitive of explicō (“unfold", "to explain”).