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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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "explain":

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

How to pronounce explain?

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How to say explain in sign language?

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How to use explain in a sentence?

  1. Rose McGowan:

    I just think they're douchebags. They're not champions. I just think they're losers. I don't like them, how do I explain the fact that I got a GQ Man of the Year award and no women's magazines and no women's organizations have supported me ?

  2. Remy de Gourmont:

    The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe. A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.

  3. Colin Campbell:

    Indeed, the Founders mentioned the pagan authors in so many heartfelt speeches, pamphlets and letters that today's sweeping references to America's 'Christian' roots and 'Judeo-Christian heritage' ought to be amended. Maybe these terms should be reserved to explain the traditional religions and morality of individuals, families, congregations, small communitities. Politically, our notions of virtue and vice have had another genesis.

  4. Janice Dean:

    You might want explain this tweet a little better to those of us whove actually had to face predators in our own homes and defend ourselves without a big strong man like yourself, you are right. No offense intended. Too short on Twitter. Only in Americaare we still debating the legitimate right to protect oneself like you and many others vs sensible way to keep guns from wrong people. Only here can we not address the issues around school shootings in a way that respects the ill and also people who get guns legally (as I did) and use responsibly (as I).

  5. Leonardo Trasande:

    I use a twist on the singer Prince to explain it, prince renamed himself as the artist formerly named as Prince. So I call it the artist formerly known as BPA. And there are 40 BPA replacements out there.


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