Definition of “explain” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I, T ] us uk /ɪkˈspleɪn/
Extra Examples
We didn't really give him a chance to explain.Could you explain that again, please?I can't explain his disappearance.He explained everything in great detail.She didn't understand so I explained it again.

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?
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.

(Definition of “explain” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)