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 clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, simplify, spell out, unriddle Related Words decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, gloss Near Antonyms befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscate Antonyms obscure

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

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a brief usually trivial fact

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