Explain meaning

ĭk-splān
To define; expound.

We explained our plan to the committee.

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To make plain or comprehensible.
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To make clear, plain, or understandable.
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To give the meaning or interpretation of; expound.
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To give an explanation.
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To account for; state reasons for.
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To make something plain or comprehensible.

Let me explain.

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Explain is defined as to make something clear or to account for something or tell why something happened.

An example of explain is for a teacher to show her students how to solve division problems.

An example of explain is for a student to tell his teacher why he did not complete his homework last night.

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To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to illustrate the meaning of.

To explain a chapter of the Bible.

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To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.
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explain away
  • to state reasons for so as to justify, often by minimizing, or make understandable
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explain oneself
  • to make clear what one means
  • to give reasons justifying one's conduct
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

explain oneself

Origin of explain

  • Middle English explanen from Latin explānāre ex- intensive pref. ex– plānus clear pelə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English explanen, from Old French explaner, from Latin explanāre (“to flatten, to spread out, make plain or clear, explain”), from ex- (“out”) + planāre (“to flatten, make level”), from planus (“level, plain”); see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced native Middle English arecchen, irecchen (“to explain, expound”) (from Old English āreccan, ġereccan).

    From Wiktionary