To explicate is to explain or interpret something, maybe putting it in plain terms to make it more comprehensible for others. It might help to remember that it begins with "ex-," like the word explain, which is similar in meaning.

The verb explicate comes from the Latin explic─üre, which means "to unfold or unravel." This is a good description of a word that means to explain something to make it clearer and more easily understandable. Think of a puzzle or mystery: when you solve it, you sometimes have to explicate how you arrived at the solution, telling how you used the clues given to find the answer.

Definitions of explicate

v elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

develop, formulate
elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
acquire, develop, evolve
gain through experience
develop and work out fully in one's mind
redevelop, reformulate
formulate or develop again, of an improved theory or hypothesis
Type of:
conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

v make plain and comprehensible

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interpret, rede
give an interpretation or explanation to
account for
give reasons for
explain with reference to nature
clarify, clear up, elucidate
make clear and (more) comprehensible
explain or interpret something
make less mysterious or remove the mystery from
clear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, sort out, straighten out
make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
evaluate or criticize with hindsight
moralise, moralize
interpret the moral meaning of
interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstructing
re-explain, reinterpret
interpret from a different viewpoint
serve as a commentator, as in sportscasting
interpret falsely
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
state unambiguously or remove ambiguities from
annotate, comment, gloss
provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
make a commentary on
DJ, disc-jockey, disk-jockey
comment on music to be played
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impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

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