Explanation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌekspləˈneɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word explanation
Brit.  |ɛkspləˈneɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word explanation


- a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.(syn: account)

the explanation was very simple

- thought that makes something comprehensible
- the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible

I heard his explanation of the accident


The professor's explanation was that the poem is really a parody.

...an explanation of photosynthesis that most museum visitors will be able to understand...

I think you owe me an explanation (=you should explain to me).

There is no convincing explanation of the overall structure of the universe.

There was no apparent explanation for the attack.

He gave no explanation for what he was doing that evening.

The ability to give clear explanations is the most important quality of the ideal teacher.

I'll try and give you a quick explanation of how the machine works.

There's probably a perfectly simple explanation for all this.

Could you give me a quick explanation of how it works?

I heard his explanation of the accident

The environmental activist eagerly launched into an explanation of the hows and whys of developing renewable energy sources

Each student had a different explanation.

That seems to be the most likely explanation.

Their explanation was simpler but came closer to the truth.

Word forms

singular: explanation
plural: explanations
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