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explanation

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌek.spləˈneɪ.ʃən/ us  
B1 the details or reasons that someone gives to make something clear or easy to understand: Could you give me a quick explanation of how it works? What was her explanation for why she was late? [+ that] The judge didn't believe his explanation that he had stolen the money in order to give it to charity. He said, by way of explanation, that he hadn't seen the traffic light change to red.
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in Korean 설명…
in Arabic تَفْسير, شَرْح…
in Portuguese explicação…
in Catalan explicació…
in Japanese 説明…
in Italian spiegazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 解釋, 說明, 給出的原因…
in Russian объяснение, разъяснение…
in Turkish açıklamalar, izahlar, detay veya nedenler…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解释, 说明, 给出的原因…
in Polish wyjaśnienie, wytłumaczenie…
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