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explainverb [I or T]

uk   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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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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