Translation of "explain" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ɪkˈspleɪn/ us /ɪkˈspleɪn/

A2 to make something clear or easy to understand by giving reasons for it

Can you explain why you did this?
Can you explain to me how this phone works?
He explained that he was going to stay with his sister.

(Translation of “explain” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /ikˈsplein/

to make (something) clear or easy to understand

Can you explain the bus timetable to me?
Did she explain why she was late?

to give, or be, a reason for

I cannot explain his failure
That explains his silence.
explanation /ekspləˈneiʃən/ noun

the act or process of explaining

Let me give a few words of explanation.

a statement or fact that explains

There are several possible explanations for the explosion.
explanatory /-ˈsplӕnə-/ adjective

giving an explanation

There are explanatory notes in the teacher’s book.
explain away phrasal verb

to get rid of (difficulties etc) by clever explaining

dar explicaciones
She could not explain away the missing money.

(Translation of “explain” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)