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explain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of explain

  1. 1 to make plain or understandable a pamphlet that explains the medical procedure in language that any layperson can understand Synonyms of explain clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, simplify, spell out, unriddle Words Related to explain decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, gloss Near Antonyms of explain befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscate Antonyms of explain obscure

  2. 2 to give the reason for or cause of can you explain your very odd behavior at the wedding reception? Synonyms of explain account (for), attribute, explain away, rationalize Words Related to explain condone, excuse, forgive, justify; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

Synonym Discussion of explain

explain, expound, explicate, elucidate, interpret mean to make something clear or understandable. explain implies a making plain or intelligible what is not immediately obvious or entirely known.
    • explain the rules
expound implies a careful often elaborate explanation.
    • expounding a scientific theory
explicate adds the idea of a developed or detailed analysis.
    • explicate a poem
elucidate stresses the throwing of light upon as by offering details or motives previously unclear or only implicit.
    • elucidate an obscure passage
interpret adds to explain the need for imagination or sympathy or special knowledge in dealing with something.
    • interpreting a work of art

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