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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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How to say explain in sign language?

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How to use explain in a sentence?

  1. Pastor Larry Wright:

    It's so hard to describe, to explain the excitement and love of God in the room. This man came in to do harm and he has given his life to Christ.

  2. Sue Scheff:

    Even though the president obviously believes this is OK, this is one of those teachable moments when we need to learn ... even smart people make not so smart choices online, explain to your child that there is never a reason, online or offline, to treat people cruelly. Even if you are the president of the United States, again, it doesn't excuse.

  3. Marcelo Claure:

    The first job was to change the conversation with the U.S. government and explain to the U.S. government what is SoftBank.

  4. Morten Heierdal of Anti-Doping Norway:

    It's a combination of information and knowledge, parents need to explain that the short-term gains don't last and that the negative side-effects have consequences.

  5. Craig Robinson:

    He needs a longer period of time to communicate to people where he is on education. He's going to have to explain what he wants to happen on immigration, there's really only one spot for an establishment candidate in Iowa.... And it's as wide open as it's ever been.


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