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English definition of “explain”

explain

verb [I, T]
 
 
/ɪkˈspleɪn/
A2 to make something clear or easy to understand by giving reasons for it or details about it: [+ question word] Can you explain why you did this? Can you explain to me how this machine works? [+ (that)] He explained that he was going to stay with his sister. How do you explain her strange behaviour?Defining and explainingReasons and explanations
explaining noun [U] things you say to explain or give a good reason for your actions: You'll have a lot of explaining to do when dad finds out what happened.Defining and explaining
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