HyperDic: explain

English > 3 senses of the word explain:
VERBcommunicationexplain, explicatemake plain and comprehensible
communicationexplaindefine
communicationexplain, excuseserve as a reason / reason or cause or justification of
explain > pronunciation
Soundsihkspley'n
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English > explain: 3 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningmake plain and comprehensible.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
ModelSam and Sue explain the movie
Example"He explained the laws of physics to his students"
Synonymexplicate
Narroweraccount forGive reasons for
clarify, clear up, elucidatemake clear and (more) comprehensible
commentexplain or interpret something
naturalizeexplain with reference to nature
rede, interpretGive an interpretation or explanation to
BroaderinformImpart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
Spanishexplicar
Catalanexplanar, explicar
Adjectivesexplanatoryserving or intended to explain or make clear
Nounsexplanationthe act of explaining
English > explain: 3 senses > verb 2, communication
Meaningdefine.
PatternSomebody ----s that CLAUSE
ModelThey explain that there was a traffic accident
Example"The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"
Broaderstate, say, tellExpress in words / words
Spanishexplicar
Catalanexplanar, explicar
Adjectivesexplanatoryserving or intended to explain or make clear
Nounsexplanationa statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
English > explain: 3 senses > verb 3, communication
MeaningServe as a reason / reason or cause or justification of.
PatternSomething ----s something
Example "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
Synonymexcuse
Narroweralibiexonerate by means of an alibi
Broaderjustify, vindicateshow to be right by providing justification or proof
Spanishexcusar, explicar
Catalanexplicar
Nounsexplanationthe act of explaining

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