from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make plain or comprehensible.
- transitive v. To define; expound: We explained our plan to the committee.
- transitive v. To offer reasons for or a cause of; justify: explain an error.
- transitive v. To offer reasons for the actions, beliefs, or remarks of (oneself).
- intransitive v. To make something plain or comprehensible: Let me explain.
- explain away To dismiss or get rid of by or as if by explaining.
- explain away To minimize by explanation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give a sufficiently detailed report about (a) the reason for something, about why something happened, about a causal chain of events; about (b) how something works, about how elements in a system interact; about (c) how to do something, about the steps which need to be accomplished in order to accomplish a certain goal.
- v. To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.
- v. To make flat, smooth out.
- v. To unfold or make visible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand.
- transitive v. To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of.
- intransitive v. To give an explanation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make plain or flat; spread out in a flattened form; unfold.
- To make plain or clear to the mind; render intelligible; unfold, analyze, state, or describe in such a manner as to make evident to the minds of others; exhibit the nature, meaning, or significance of; interpret; elucidate; expound.
- To exhibit, disclose, or state the grounds or causes of the existence or occurrence of; reveal or state the causal or logical antecedents or conditions of; account for.
- Synonyms Explain, Expound, Interpret, Elucidate. Explain is the most general of these words, and means to make plain, clear, and intelligible. Expound is used of elaborate, formal, or methodical explanation: as, to expound a text, the law, the philosophy of Aristotle. To interpret is to explain, as if from a foreign language, to make clear what before was dark, and generally by following the original closely, as word by word and line by line: as, to interpret Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson. To elucidate is to bring or work out into the light that which before was dark, usually by means of illustration; the word generally implies, like expound, a somewhat protracted or elaborate process. See translate.
- To give explanations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. serve as a reason or cause or justification of
- v. make plain and comprehensible
- v. define
Perhaps the best way to explain is to take a closer look at Rodriguez.
Japanese keyboards usually come with two layouts; one way to explain is to take as an example the word Tokyo, in kanji 東京.
The best way to explain is to tell a true story about something that happened just across the border, in Nevada, in 2006.
We can't say that to "explain" is to uncover the truth, as that would be arguing that science can determine it is true that certain natural phenomena occur without the intervention or influence of supernatural beings or events.
Firstly I must explain from the start that I manage an organisation called Two Sides, which has been set up by all sectors of the UK print and publishing industries to explore the Myths and set out the Facts about the Print and Paper industries which actually have a great environmental story to tell.
What he means, and he goes on to explain is that administration is not a position of power, because governance is so distributed (look at all the sources of money in the system for example).
The only way I can explain is that I was only 21 when I started and after four years of being on TV and selling cookbooks I was struggling with success.
Of course, what she meant, as most Oaklanders hasten to explain, is that the Oakland of her youth no longer existed.
What's happened, the authors explain, is that higher-income Americans have been saving more of their income.
What they always fail to explain is what possible reason is there to cook up a global warming?