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Synonyms for explain
ɪkˈspleɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explain, explicate(verb)

    make plain and comprehensible

    "He explained the laws of physics to his students"

    Synonyms:
    excuse, explicate, formulate, develop

  2. explain(verb)

    define

    "The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"

    Synonyms:
    excuse, explicate

  3. excuse, explain(verb)

    serve as a reason or cause or justification of

    "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"

    Synonyms:
    relieve, rationalize, 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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. explain

    Synonyms:
    expound, teach, illustrate, clear up, interpret, elucidate, decipher

    Antonyms:
    mystify, obscure, darken, bewilder, misinterpret

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. explain(v)

    Synonyms:
    expound, elucidate, unfold, interpret

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How to use explain in a sentence?

  1. Carly Fiorina:

    We know it must be hard covering the 'Hillary for America But Against Transparency' campaign, we've answered hundreds of questions from reporters because we believe the American people will not and should not elect a president that can't answer for her record, won't explain her positions or for whom the truth is whatever she can get away with.

  2. Melissa Trainer:

    We're struggling to explain this, the fact that the oxygen behavior isn't perfectly repeatable every season makes us think that it's not an issue that has to do with atmospheric dynamics. It has to be some chemical source and sink( of elements into the soil) that we can't yet account for.

  3. Danielle Nickerson:

    Words cannot explain how proud of you I am, no matter what the outcome is I will always be in your cornerthis sport is the most unforgiving and brutal.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    First, let's explain to people at home... what the triad is.

  5. Ian Prior:

    Loudoun County's continued implementation of critical race theory in the school system is regressive, divisive, and destructive. It has turned this county into a national punchline, the fact that they now want to spend over $6 million a year to continue to push this morally bankrupt ideologyon teachers and students is an absolute abomination. It is becoming clearer every day that someone is making a fortune on the backs of Loudoun County taxpayers and it is time for LCPS [Loudoun County Public Schools]to start communicating with parents and explain itself with more than misleading press releases from the Interim Superintendent.

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