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EXPLICATE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does explicate mean? 

EXPLICATE (verb)
  The verb EXPLICATE has 2 senses:

1. make plain and comprehensible
2. elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

  Familiarity information: EXPLICATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPLICATE (verb)


Sense 1explicate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make plain and comprehensible

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

explain; explicate

Context example:

He explained the laws of physics to his students

Hypernyms (to "explicate" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "explicate"):

interpret; rede (give an interpretation or explanation to)

account for (give reasons for)

naturalize (explain with reference to nature)

clarify; clear up; elucidate (make clear and (more) comprehensible)

comment (explain or interpret something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue explicate the movie


Sense 2explicate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

formulate; explicate; develop

Context example:

Could you develop the ideas in your thesis

Hypernyms (to "explicate" is one way to...):

conjecture; hypothecate; hypothesise; hypothesize; speculate; suppose; theorise; theorize (to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "explicate"):

mature (develop and work out fully in one's mind)

redevelop; reformulate (formulate or develop again, of an improved theory or hypothesis)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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