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Explicate \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.''

  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.


vb. (en-past of: explicate)

Usage examples of "explicated".

Sometimes, especially when he was in his car, he imagined that he could see behind himself, too, that his head was equal in compass to the full horizon 360 degrees around and the sky was the polished concavity of his skull and that everything he could see or think possessed equivalent reality and the people scurrying about so industriously through the city of his mind were merely ideas that could be explicated, adapted, or refuted.

In childish words, Cleindori had explicated a metaphysical theory that was beyond her, and probably beyond all of them.

Yet even in these micro­scopically observed and interminably explicated days, what was bub­bling inside him defied all explanations.

But though the name and function of the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee were strange to him, he read Locke, quoted Hume, and explicated Marx.