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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
Translations of “explain”
in Korean 설명하다…
in Arabic يُفَسِّر, يَشْرَح…
in French expliquer…
in Turkish izah etmek, açıklamak, anlatmak…
in Italian spiegare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 解釋, 說明, 闡明…
in Russian объяснять…
in Polish wyjaśniać, tłumaczyć…
in Spanish explicar…
in Portuguese explicar…
in German erklären, erläutern…
in Catalan explicar…
in Japanese 説明する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解释, 说明, 阐明…
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