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1. explain

verb. ['ɪkˈspleɪn'] make plain and comprehensible.

Synonyms

  • interpret
  • naturalize
  • account for
  • explicate
  • rede
  • clear up
  • elucidate
  • clarify
  • inform

Antonyms

  • persuade
  • indicate
  • contract
  • mystify

Etymology

  • explanen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • explaner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Example sentences of the word explain


1. Verb, base form
You might be trying too hard to explain yourself or to forestall what you perceive as criticism.

2. Noun, singular or mass
In your meeting, explain, using behaviorally accurate descriptions, what your colleague is specifically doing to you.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Scientists explain that exercise doesn't seem to interfere with growth in children.

Quotes containing the word explain


1. If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
- Albert Einstein

2. I would hope to get together with the Latino community, if I could ever have them talk to me without screaming and threatening me. So I hope to get together with the community and try to explain what we do, so that's going to be one of my missions coming up.
- Joe Arpaio

3. I find humor to be the most attractive characteristic, but I certainly won't cancel anything out, considering when you love someone you love someone, and sometimes you just can't explain it.
- Zoey Deutch

2. re-explain

verb. interpret from a different viewpoint.

Synonyms

  • reinterpret
  • interpret

Antonyms

  • indicate
  • literalize
  • spiritualize

3. explain

verb. ['ɪkˈspleɪn'] define.

Synonyms

  • say
  • state

Antonyms

  • overstate
  • deceive
  • blame

Etymology

  • explanen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • explaner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. explain

verb. ['ɪkˈspleɪn'] serve as a reason or cause or justification of.

Synonyms

  • alibi
  • vindicate
  • excuse

Antonyms

  • literalize
  • spiritualize
  • denaturalize
  • emigrate

Etymology

  • explanen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • explaner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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