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explain meaning

EN[ɪkˈspleɪn]
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  • VerbSGexplainsPRexplainingPT, PPexplainedSUF-ain
    1. To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to illustrate the meaning of.
      1. To explain a chapter of the Bible. ‎
    2. To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.
      1. It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].
    3. OBS To make flat, smooth out.
      1. OBS To unfold or make visible.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • Fred bowled me a googly when he asked me to explain those statistics in the meeting.
          • This pattern can be explained by seasonal differences in the strength of microstratification at the surface of the lake.
          • When news of his wife's murder spread around the media, he found himself in front of a press conference explaining his actions.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • "See, I gots bad hair, the kind of hair you have to wet in the morning 'fore you can comb it," he explains.

      Meaning of explain for the defined word.

      Grammatically, this word "explain" is a verb, more specifically, a reporting verb.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Verbs
          • Reporting verbs
        Difficultness: Level 1
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