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Entry Word: explain
Function: verb
Text: 1 to make plain or understandable <write an essay that explains the meaning of the poem>
Synonyms clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, elucidate, explicate, expound, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, spell out
Related Words decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify
Phrases get across
Near Antonyms befog, cloud; confound, confuse
Antonyms obscure
2 to give the reason for or cause of <can you explain your very odd behavior at the wedding reception?>
Synonyms account (for), explain away, rationalize
Related Words condone, excuse, forgive, justify; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate