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explain

ex·plain

explain

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spleIn
phrases:
explain away
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part of speech: verb
inflections: explained, explaining, explains
definition 1: to make clear in speech or writing; show in detail.
The carpenter explained how he had made the cabinets.
 
synonyms:
show, spell out
similar words:
account, amplify, clarify, demonstrate, get across, interpret, simplify, unravel, untangle
definition 2: to give reasons for.
Please explain why you were not in class this morning.
synonyms:
account for
similar words:
amplify, defend, justify
definition 3: to show the meaning of.
The museum guide explained the painting to us.
synonyms:
account for
similar words:
interpret
phrase: explain away
derivation: explainable (adj.)
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