explain

To explain something is to define it, show how it works, or just tell what it is. Explaining helps people understand.

If you know football really well, then you could probably explain it to a non-fan. Explaining makes things clearer. A lot of teaching is explaining — telling how something works. Also, if you do something wrong, people will ask you to explain your actions. Explaining can help someone "get it" — whatever "it" is.

Definitions of explain
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v make plain and comprehensible

“He explained the laws of physics to his students”
Synonyms:
explicate
Types:
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interpret, rede
give an interpretation or explanation to
account for
give reasons for
naturalize
explain with reference to nature
clarify, clear up, elucidate
make clear and (more) comprehensible
comment
explain or interpret something
demystify
make less mysterious or remove the mystery from
clear, clear up, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, elucidate, enlighten, illuminate, shed light on, sort out, straighten out
make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
second-guess
evaluate or criticize with hindsight
moralise, moralize
interpret the moral meaning of
deconstruct
interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstructing
re-explain, reinterpret
interpret from a different viewpoint
commentate
serve as a commentator, as in sportscasting
misinterpret
interpret falsely
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
disambiguate
state unambiguously or remove ambiguities from
annotate, comment, gloss
provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
commentate
make a commentary on
DJ, disc-jockey, disk-jockey
comment on music to be played
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v define

“The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean”
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words

v serve as a reason or cause or justification of

“Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again”
Synonyms:
excuse
Types:
alibi
exonerate by means of an alibi
Type of:
justify, vindicate
show to be right by providing justification or proof

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