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explain meaning

EN[ɪkˈspleɪn] [ɛkˈspleɪn] [-eɪn]
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    Definition of explain in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGexplainsPRexplainingPT, PPexplainedSUF-ain
    1. To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to illustrate the meaning of.
      1. To explain a chapter of the Bible. ‎
    2. To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.
      1. It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].
    3. OBS To make flat, smooth out.
      1. OBS To unfold or make visible.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • Chiding himself for his incessant shopping, he explained that the playful Greek hunting scene that hangs above his mantel was unearthed during one of his frequent thrifting trips to upstate New York.
          • He couldn't just explain away all of his problems.
          • To explain these observations a model was developed involving stimulated radiative molecular association (SRMA) reactions among photons and atoms in the protosatellite disks of the planets.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • "See, I gots bad hair, the kind of hair you have to wet in the morning 'fore you can comb it," he explains.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Verbs
          • Reporting verbs
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        1. en explained
        2. en explaint
        3. en explains
        4. en explain'd
        5. en explainer
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        Grammatically, this word "explain" is a verb, more specifically, a reporting verb.
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