explain synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term explain:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. explain, explicate(verb)

    make plain and comprehensible

    Synonyms:
    excuse, explicate, explain, formulate, develop

  2. explain(verb)

    define

    Synonyms:
    excuse, explicate

  3. excuse, explain(verb)

    serve as a reason or cause or justification of

    Synonyms:
    relieve, rationalize, explain, explicate, let off, beg off, excuse, pardon, condone, apologise, exempt, rationalise, apologize, justify

Wiktionary

  1. explain(verb)

    To give a sufficiently detailed report about (a) the reason for something, about why something happened, about a causal chain of events; about (b) how something works, about how elements in a system interact; about (c) how to do something, about the steps which need to be accomplished in order to accomplish a certain goal.

    Synonyms:
    expound, elaborate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. explain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    interpret, elucidate, expound, illustrate, unfold, solve, ECLAIRCIZE, clear up, make plain, throw light upon

  2. explain(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    account, give a reason, give an explanation

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

explaining, explained, explains, clarify, explanation, declare, describe, justify, interpret, tell, elaborate, indicate



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