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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 Arabic يُفَسِّر, يَشْرَح…
in Korean 설명하다…
in Malaysian jelas, menjelaskan…
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 Vietnamese giải thích…
in Spanish explicar…
in Portuguese explicar…
in Thai อธิบาย, ชี้แจง…
in German erklären, erläutern…
in Catalan explicar…
in Japanese 説明する…
in Indonesian menjelaskan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解释, 说明, 阐明…
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