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explain (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to make known - explain the secret of your success
b) to make plain or understandable - footnotes that explain the terms
2.
to give the reason for or cause of - unable to explain his strange conduct
3.
intransitive verb
to show the logical development or relationships of - explained the new theory to make something plain or understandable - a report that suggests rather than explains
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
explain (verb)
1.
to make plain or understandable
SYNONIMS:
clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, simplify, spell out, unriddle
RELATED WORDS:
decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, gloss
NEAR ANTONYMS:
befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscate
obscure
explain (verb)
2.
to give the reason for or cause of
SYNONIMS:
account (for), attribute, explain away, rationalize
RELATED WORDS:
condone, excuse, forgive, justify; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate
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