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explain

ex·plain

explain

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spleIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
explain away
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: explained, explaining, explains
definition 1: to make clear in speech or writing; make plain or understandable by analysis or description.
The instructor explained the operation of the engine.The flight attendant explained how the exit doors can be opened.She finally explained why she could not marry him.Your sister can explain what you need to do.The instructions explain how to combine the ingredients.
 
synonyms:
elucidate, explicate, show, spell out
antonyms:
obfuscate
similar words:
account, amplify, clarify, define, delineate, demonstrate, exhibit, get across, interpret, simplify, translate, unravel, untangle
definition 2: to give reasons for.
Please explain your absence from the meeting this morning.He could not explain his wife's leaving--hadn't he always been a good husband to her?
synonyms:
account for, rationalize
similar words:
amplify, defend, justify, vindicate, warrant
definition 3: to say as a reason.
She wondered why he was late, and he explained that he missed the bus.
definition 4: to tell the meaning or significance of.
The student understood the paragraph after the teacher explained the idioms.Scientists have often observed this phenomenon, but they cannot explain it yet.I liked the poem once it was explained to me.
synonyms:
account for
similar words:
interpret
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a clarification or give an explanation.
synonyms:
elucidate
similar words:
amplify, decipher, demonstrate, expound, interpret
phrase: explain away
derivation: explainable (adj.)
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