explain

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explain /ɪkˈspleɪn/ verb
explains; explained; explaining
explain
/ɪkˈspleɪn/
verb
explains; explained; explaining
Learner's definition of EXPLAIN
[+ object] : to make (something) clear or easy to understand
: to tell, show, or be the reason for or cause of something
[+ object]
[no object]

explain away

[phrasal verb]
explain away (something) or explain (something) away
: to make (something) seem less important by telling how it happened, what caused it, etc.
: to give a reason for (a fault, a mistake, etc.) so that you will not be blamed for it

explain yourself

: to give a reason for your behavior
: to say something clearly so that it can be understood

hasten to explain

see hasten

— explainable

/ɪkˈspleɪnəbəl/ adjective [more explainable; most explainable]
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