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"explanation" in British English

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explanationnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /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 ​trafficlightchange to ​red.

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(Definition of explanation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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explanationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌek·spləˈneɪ·ʃən/
the ​details or other ​information that someone gives to make something ​clear or ​easy to ​understand: [C] She gave a ​detailed explanation of the administration’s health-care ​proposal. An explanation is also a ​reason or an ​excuse for doing something: [C] He had no explanation for his ​absence the ​day before.
(Definition of explanation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “explanation”
in Arabic تَفْسير, شَرْح…
in Korean 설명…
in Portuguese explicação…
in Catalan explicació…
in Japanese 説明…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解释, 说明, 给出的原因…
in Turkish açıklamalar, izahlar, detay veya nedenler…
in Russian объяснение, разъяснение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 解釋, 說明, 給出的原因…
in Italian spiegazione…
in Polish wyjaśnienie, wytłumaczenie…
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