From Latin explicāre, present active infinitive of explicō (unfold, explain).



explicate (third-person singular simple present explicates, present participle explicating, simple past and past participle explicated)

  1. (transitive) To explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze.
    My homework is to explicate a poem.

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explicate (comparative more explicate, superlative most explicate)

  1. (obsolete) Evolved; unfolded.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for explicate in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



explicātē (not comparable)

  1. clearly, plainly



  1. second-person plural present active imperative of explicō


  • explicate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • explicate in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • explicate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to frown: frontem contrahere (opp. explicare)
    • (ambiguous) to give lectures: scholas habere, explicare (Fin. 2. 1. 1)
    • (ambiguous) to explain one's sentiments: sententias (verbis) explicare, aperire
    • (ambiguous) to give a full, detailed account of a thing: pluribus verbis, copiosius explicare, persequi aliquid
    • (ambiguous) to explain a matter briefly, in a few words (not paucis verbis): breviter, paucis explicare aliquid
    • (ambiguous) to open a book: volumen explicare
    • (ambiguous) to extend the line of battle, deploy the battalions: aciem explicare or dilatare