Definition of explicate in US English:

explicate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Analyze and develop (an idea or principle) in detail.

    ‘attempting to explicate the relationship between crime and economic forces’
    • ‘A great deal of Tilly's problem in briefly explicating his ideas flows from the enormous nature of the change proposed.’
    • ‘The researcher's race, background, and research assumptions were explicated in a research journal providing readers with a context for critique.’
    • ‘According to the bequest, the lecture series aims ‘to explicate the concept of the human mind through theory and empirical research.’’
    • ‘The four negative stereotypes are explicated below.’
    • ‘He both re-emphasizes and thoroughly explicates the details of this approach.’
    • ‘His commentary shows the great care and precision of a thoughtful and dedicated interpreter who is explicating the categories through a close reading of the text.’
    • ‘Instead of explicating a thesis, the immediacy of photography in motion seizes us and renders products of fancy as real.’
    • ‘The contributors present engaging interpretations that explicate the life experiences of the people studying and working at community colleges.’
    • ‘Before mentioning these myths and stereotypes, let me explicate a developmental theory, for good theory and science enhance each other for practice.’
    • ‘Philosophers have explored two ways of explicating the concept of omnipotence.’
    • ‘The ultimate goal is to clarify and explicate the notion of ‘Atheism,’ then spell out and defend the correct definition.’
    • ‘Within this framework, Barnave's revolutionary political ideas will be explicated.’
    • ‘Before we examine the more recent work, we need to explicate the notion in more detail than we have done so far and introduce some empirical findings.’
    • ‘The rendition in the previous sections is meant to explicate the core ideas that held the McMaster group together, at least for a while.’
    • ‘He also uses it to explicate the notion of a constitutive rule.’
    • ‘Researchers conclude, however, that at least broad intervention principles can be explicated within such approaches.’
    • ‘Some recent authors have written books attempting to explicate the concept of nomicity.’
    • ‘And while he may have lacked the gene for self-promotion, it is not as if no one else in public life had the opportunity to explicate his ideas for a larger public.’
    • ‘He also demonstrates his usual fairness and balance in explicating the theological opinion to the effect that there is a possibility that all may be saved.’
    • ‘In his attempt to explicate the determinate-determinable relation, he uses the notion of predicate entailment.’
    explain, explain in detail, make explicit, clarify, make clear, make plain, spell out
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    1. 1.1 Analyze (a literary work) in order to reveal its meaning.
      • ‘Such works have always been explicated through commentary, and this one too is designed for commentary, like the German Baroque dramas to which the learned Silesians appended their scholia.’
      • ‘In explicating Bertrand Russell's work on cravings and physiological desire, Burke draws on the historical research he did to dwell on the intensity and tenacity of a physiological craving.’
      • ‘It is a very historical text, as it was the first book in France to systematically defend and explicate Nietzsche's work, which was still suspected of fascism, even after the second World War.’
      • ‘Among Hyde's strengths are his detailed knowledge of texts and contexts, and an ability to explicate them.’
      • ‘She strikes an effective balance between breadth and depth, not just explicating poems but contextualizing them among the larger community of Native poetry.’
      • ‘In order to clarify their ethical agendas, they include prefaces that explicate the thematic direction and instructive nature of their novels.’
      • ‘One assignment that proved useful here was to have the students work in groups to explicate specific passages from Mann's Twelfth Annual School Report from 1848.’
      • ‘The collection of seven articles, six essays, and one interview use an assortment of scholarly approaches to explicate elements in Shonibare's works.’
      • ‘The text explicates Cohen's work in a thoughtful and non-confrontational manner.’
      • ‘He used to give lectures to students and hostages alike on the embassy grounds, explicating the writings of the leftist-revolutionary ideologue and mystic.’
      clarify, elucidate, explain, reveal, make clear, shed light on, cast light on, give insight into, clear up
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin explicat- ‘unfolded’, from the verb explicare, from ex- ‘out’ + plicare ‘to fold’.

Pronunciation

explicate

/ˈekspləˌkāt//ˈɛkspləˌkeɪt/