explain

Definitions:

  • To make plain or comprehensible.
  • To define; expound.
  • None
  • To offer reasons for or a cause of; justify.
  • To offer reasons for the actions, beliefs, or remarks of (oneself).
  • To make something plain or comprehensible.
  • To dismiss or minimize the significance of (something) by means of an explanation or excuse:
  • To make plain or flat; spread out in a flattened form; unfold.
  • To make plain or clear to the mind; render intelligible; unfold, analyze, state, or describe in such a manner as to make evident to the minds of others; exhibit the nature, meaning, or significance of; interpret; elucidate; expound.
  • To exhibit, disclose, or state the grounds or causes of the existence or occurrence of; reveal or state the causal or logical antecedents or conditions of; account for.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Explain, Expound, Interpret, Elucidate. Explain</em> is the most general of these words, and means to make plain, clear, and intelligible. <em>Expound</em> is used of elaborate, formal, or methodical explanation: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="expound">expound</internalXref> a text, the law, the philosophy of Aristotle. To <em>interpret</em> is to <em>explain</em>, as if from a foreign language, to make clear what before was dark, and generally by following the original closely, as word by word and line by line: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="interpret">interpret</internalXref> Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson. To <em>elucidate</em> is to bring or work out into the light that which before was dark, usually by means of illustration; the word generally implies, like <internalXref urlencoded="expound">expound</internalXref>, a somewhat protracted or elaborate process. See <internalXref urlencoded="translate">translate</internalXref>.
  • To give explanations.
  • To give an explanation.
  • To flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand.
  • To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of.
  • to get rid of by explanation.
  • 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.
  • To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.
  • To make <xref>flat</xref>, smooth out.
  • To <xref>unfold</xref> or make visible.
  • serve as a reason or cause or justification of
  • make plain and comprehensible
  • define
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