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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

How to pronounce explain?

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Daniel
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How to say explain in sign language?

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How to use explain in a sentence?

  1. Stephen King:

    The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance... logic can be happily tossed out the window.

  2. Bob Corker:

    To browbeat somebody for just having a question or speak down to someone because they have a concern. To say that they're irrational or they don't understand who we are as a nation, or something like that. Yeah, it doesn't help. It hurts, what would help, and I think this was a universal message in the meeting we just had -- on both sides of the aisle, I might add -- is that someone needs to explain clearly to the American people the processes we go through before we admit refugees.

  3. Katherine Hepburn:

    Never complain. Never explain.

  4. Antonio Jones:

    Words cant explain what Im feeling right now, i just want answers. I just want justice.

  5. Wilbur N. Nesbit:

    People will listen a great deal more patiently while you explain your mistakes than when you explain your successes.


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