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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 use explain in a sentence?

  1. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

    I had him on the phone for a good amount of time so he could really explain to me what he was trying to tell me. My question to him was, ‘ Is this really necessary ? Does this really need to be a three-day suspension under the circumstances that he was playing and he’s 6 years old ?

  2. The Citadel statement:

    The freshmen used what they had close at hand, including pillowcases and other uniform items, in an attempt to dress as 'Ghosts of Christmas Past,' at the outset, not all of the freshmen understood that the costumes could be construed by some as offensive in nature. Those who did thought they could easily explain that they were only dressed as ghosts, and said they just needed to complete the skit so they could resume studying.

  3. Lunar New Year-related:

    This is partly a reflection of lower commodity prices and base effects, but these two factors can not fully explain the weak import number and we have to assume that poor domestic demand has played a part. This means that pressure will rise on the government to do more to stimulate growth.

  4. Miguel Cardenal:

    It's something Angel Maria Villar needs to explain Angel Maria Villar, nobody can give an opinion in Angel Maria Villar name, and I think it would be a good thing if Angel Maria Villar did so.

  5. Petros Souppouris:

    They (authorities) didn't do anything to explain to the EU why assistance was given, this is the national identity of Cyprus which must be maintained. Staff believe the government should do its utmost to keep the company operational, or launch a fresh start with an investor.


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