English definition of “explain”
/ɪkˈspleɪn/ verb [I, T]
› 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 mobile phone works? [+ (that)] He explained that he was going to stay with his sister. How do you explain her strange behaviour? explaining noun [U] › when you have 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.