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English definition of “explanation”

explanation

noun [C or U]     /ˌek.spləˈneɪ.ʃən/
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 .Reasons and explanations
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