Definition of explain
- explain the secret of your success
- footnotes that explain the terms
- unable to explain his strange conduct
- explained the new theory
- a report that suggests rather than explains
I need a lawyer to explain this contract to me.
The professor explained the poem to the class.
She explained how the machine worked.
I explained to them that I would be available by phone.
Scientists could not explain the strange lights in the sky.
I don't know how to explain the dog's strange behavior.
We asked him to explain his reasons to us.
Can you explain why no one was informed earlier?
That explains why we were so far behind schedule.
Give me a chance to explain.
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: to make (something) clear or easy to understand
: to tell, show, or be the reason for or cause of something
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to emit the high shrill tone of bagpipes
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