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Verb: explain  ik'spleyn
  1. Make plain and comprehensible
    "He explained the laws of physics to his students";
    - explicate
     
  2. Give details; define scope and structure
    "The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"
     
  3. Serve as a reason, cause or justification of
    "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again";
    - excuse

Derived forms: explained, explaining, explains

Type of: inform, justify, say, state, tell, vindicate

Encyclopedia: Explain