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Definition 1: make plain and comprehensible - [verb of communication]

Samples where explain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He explained the laws of physics to his students

Synonyms for explain in the sense of this definition

(explain is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

(... is a kind of explain ) give an interpretation or explanation to

(... is a kind of explain ) give reasons for

"Can you account for all these absences?"

(... is a kind of explain ) explain with reference to nature

(... is a kind of explain ) make clear and (more) comprehensible

"clarify the mystery surrounding her death"

(... is a kind of explain ) explain or interpret something

Definition 2: define - [verb of communication]

Samples where explain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean

(explain is a kind of ...) express in words

"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion" "state your name"

Definition 3: serve as a reason or cause or justification of - [verb of communication]

Samples where explain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work
  • Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again

Synonyms for explain in the sense of this definition

(explain is a kind of ...) show to be right by providing justification or proof

"vindicate a claim"

(... is a kind of explain ) exonerate by means of an alibi

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