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explains

verb
present tense third-person singular of explain

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1 to make plain or understandable
  • a pamphlet that explains the medical procedure in language that any layperson can understand

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2 to give the reason for or cause of
  • can you explain your very odd behavior at the wedding reception?

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“Explains.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/explains. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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