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explainverb [I/T]

 us   /ɪkˈspleɪn/
to make something clear or easy to understand by describing or giving information about it: [I] If there’s anything you don’t understand, I’ll be happy to explain. [T] The teacher explained the procedure to the students. [+ question word] Bill explained how the program works.
To explain is also to give a reason for doing something: [+ question word] He couldn’t explain why he did it.
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explainverb [I or T]

uk   /ɪkˈspleɪn/  us   /ɪkˈspleɪn/
A2 to make something clear or easy to understand by describing or giving information about it: If there's anything you don't understand, I'll be happy to explain. The teacher explained the rules to the children. [+ question word] Our guide explained where the cathedral was. He explained how the machine worked. Please could you explain why you're so late. [+ that] She explained that she was going to stay with her sister. [+ speech] "Someone must have hit the wrong button," an official explained. Molly asked the teacher if she could explain herself a little more clearly (= say more clearly what she meant). No one has been able to explain (= give the reason for) the accident.
explain yourself
to give reasons for your behaviour: He hadn't been home for three days so I asked him to explain himself.

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(Definition of explain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “explain”
in Korean 설명하다…
in Arabic يُفَسِّر, يَشْرَح…
in Malaysian jelas, menjelaskan…
in French expliquer…
in Russian объяснять…
in Chinese (Traditional) 解釋, 說明, 闡明…
in Italian spiegare…
in Turkish izah etmek, açıklamak, anlatmak…
in Polish wyjaśniać, tłumaczyć…
in Spanish explicar…
in Vietnamese giải thích…
in Portuguese explicar…
in Thai อธิบาย, ชี้แจง…
in German erklären, erläutern…
in Catalan explicar…
in Japanese 説明する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解释, 说明, 阐明…
in Indonesian menjelaskan…
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