To make clear or plain; to explain, interpret; to develop a theory or principle.
"This book is about life as it is interpreted by books," Edward Mendelson begins. He takes as his subjects Birth, Childhood, Growth, Marriage, Love, Parenthood and (instead of Death) the Future. The novels he uses to explicate his thoughts are . . . novels written by women because "the reason that women writers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were more likely than men to write about the emotional depths of personal life is that they were more likely to be treated impersonally, to be stereotyped as predictable members of a category, rather than recognized as unique human beings.
—Carolyn See Book Review of The Things That Matter by Edward Mendelson Washington Post, August 11, 2006