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Explain

Pronunciation of Explain
/ɛksplˈe͡ɪn/, /ɛksplˈe‍ɪn/, /ɛ_k_s_p_l_ˈeɪ_n/

Antonyms for explain:

misrepresent, distort.

Synonyms for explain:

Sense 1 (noun)

lay out, set out, run-through.

Sense 2 (noun)

answer to, argue, put down to, plead, spell out, construe, enucleate.

Sense 3 (noun)

reason, solve, unravel, clear up, resolve.

Sense 4 (noun)

account for, as, look at, Because, nay, besides, Since, precisely.

Sense 5 (noun)

show.

explain (noun)

explicate, excuse.

account (verb)

clarify, explicate, account, describe, rationalize, justify.

answer (verb)

come back, rebut, answer, respond, counter-accuse, echo, counterclaim, expound, retort, countercharge, acknowledge, counter-reply, counter-state, reply, counter, return.

communication (verb)

explicate.

expand (verb)

elaborate on or upon.

interpret (verb)

annotate, condense, rephrase, transcribe, decipher, restate, interpret, paraphrase, comment, report, decode, translate, elucidate, render, analyze.

make clear; give a reason for (verb)

construe, define, unravel, clarify, decipher, interpret, demonstrate, render, put across, paraphrase, describe, explicate, annotate, solve, account for, get across, illustrate, translate, elucidate, spell out, unfold, expound, tell, reveal, excuse, resolve, rationalize, teach, justify, analyze, clear up.

mean (verb)

connote, define, imply, mean, indicate, denote, signify, intend.

respond (verb)

deny, react, refute, defend, object.

reveal (verb)

unfold.

Sense 1

demystify, exegetic, interpretive, Hermeneutic, enucleate, talk through, impress on, stake out, interpretative, interpretable, rationalization, enucleation, arcane, illustratable, mystifying, oversimplify, teach, That, expositive, mystical, Explicative, decipherment, set forth, understand, speak for itself, Interline, reveal, set out, take through, unravel, Because, unexplainable, decipherable, Explanative, credit to, reword, illustrate, put down to, get through to, disambiguate, elucidative, put across, Hermeneutical, specify, get across, tell, cabalistic, argue.

Sense 2

dilate, mystic, expatiate, explicable, besides, explication, nay, unaccountable, run-through, unpack, illumine, demonstrate, puzzling, expository, enigmatic, run over, pinpoint, recite, elucidation, explanatory, answer to, illuminate, spell out, inexplicable, clarification, legitimize, cryptic, illustrative.

Sense 3

illumination, plead, amplify, occult, explainable, expand, clear up, pretext, lay out, as, construction, interpretation, chalk something up, rationale, gloss, Since, explanation, justification, illustration, exegesis, enlarge.

Sense 4

exposition, go into, plea, resolve, precisely, mysterious, witness, put.

Sense 5

accountable.

Sense 6

look at.

Sense 7

reason.

Sense 9

show.

answer

counterclaim.

argue

discuss.

clarify

account for.

clear up

simplify.

explain

construe.

figure out

solve.

illustrate

exemplify.

justify

prove.

teach

teach.

Usage examples for explain:

  • How do you explain it?" - "Two Poets Lost Illusions Part I", Honore de Balzac.
  • Why explain what he was feeling to Hilda? - "The Tin Soldier", Temple Bailey.

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