Explain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈspleɪn|  American pronunciation of the word explain
Brit.  |ɪkˈspleɪn|  British pronunciation of the word explain

verb

- make plain and comprehensible(syn: explicate)

He explained the laws of physics to his students

- define

The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean

- serve as a reason or cause or justification of(syn: excuse)

Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again

Examples

I need a lawyer to explain this contract to me.

The professor explained the poem to the class.

She explained how the machine worked.

I explained to them that I would be available by phone.

Scientists could not explain the strange lights in the sky.

I don't know how to explain the dog's strange behavior.

We asked him to explain his reasons to us.

Can you explain why no one was informed earlier?

That explains why we we're so far behind schedule.

Give me a chance to explain.

She explained the problem to me.

He explained to us that the examination would take place later.

He explained why he was late.

He carefully explained the procedure.

The librarian will explain how to use the catalogue system.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: explain
he/she/it: explains
present participle: explaining
past tense: explained
past participle: explained
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