What does Explain mean?

Definitions for Explain
ɪkˈspleɪnExplain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explain, explicateverb

    make plain and comprehensible

    "He explained the laws of physics to his students"

  2. explainverb

    define

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

  3. excuse, explainverb

    serve as a reason or cause or justification of

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

Wiktionary

  1. explainverb

    To give a sufficiently detailed report about (a) the reason for something, about why something happened, about a causal chain of events; about (b) how something works, about how elements in a system interact; about (c) how to do something, about the steps which need to be accomplished in order to accomplish a certain goal.

    Etymology: explanen, from explaner, from explanō, from ex- + planō, from planus; see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced native arecchen, irecchen (from areccan, gereccan).

  2. explainverb

    To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.

    Etymology: explanen, from explaner, from explanō, from ex- + planō, from planus; see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced native arecchen, irecchen (from areccan, gereccan).

  3. explainverb

    To make flat, smooth out.

    Etymology: explanen, from explaner, from explanō, from ex- + planō, from planus; see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced native arecchen, irecchen (from areccan, gereccan).

  4. explainverb

    To unfold or make visible.

    Etymology: explanen, from explaner, from explanō, from ex- + planō, from planus; see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced native arecchen, irecchen (from areccan, gereccan).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explainadjective

    to flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand

  2. Explainadjective

    to make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of; as, to explain a chapter of the Bible

  3. Explainverb

    to give an explanation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Explain

    eks-plān′, v.t. to make plain or intelligible: to unfold and illustrate the meaning of: to expound: to account for.—adj. Explain′able, that may be explained or cleared up.—ns. Explain′er, one who explains; Explanā′tion, act of explaining or clearing from obscurity: that which explains or clears up: the meaning or sense given to anything: a mutual clearing up of matters.—adv. Explan′atorily.—adj. Explan′atory, serving to explain or clear up: containing explanations.—Explain away, to modify the force of by explanation, generally in a bad sense. [O. Fr. explaner—L. explanāreex, out, planāreplanus, plain.]

Editors Contribution

  1. explain

    To use words to provide data, detail, an answer, response, proof or information.

    The government are asked to explain the reason for their efficient and effective increase in revenue.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Explain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1356

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Explain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1107

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Explain' in Verbs Frequency: #119

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Explain in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Explain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Explain in a Sentence

  1. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Even the idea of evolution doesn’t explain nature—Simply, because it’s based on turning simplicity into complicated things.

  2. Bobby Brown:

    Please keep my family in your prayers at this time, losing my son at this point in our lives has devastated my family. There are no words to explain the pain.

  3. Sandra Taglieri:

    I have — I ’m going to choke up, it’s so horrible — my children, same age, and as a community, you come together and you’re affected by it. It’s tragedy. No words. I don’t know how to explain it.

  4. Michael Feroli:

    The bigger inventory overhang helps explain why manufacturing sentiment remains cautious early in the fourth quarter, and does present downside risk to our 2.5 percent estimate for current-quarter GDP growth.

  5. Klaus Iohannis:

    There is no parallel state, it is a PSD invention used to explain their anti-judiciary and anti-secret service actions. It is that simple.

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