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Meaning & Definition of Explain in English

English

Explain

/ɪksplen/

verb

1. Make plain and comprehensible

  • "He explained the laws of physics to his students"
    synonym:
  • explain
  • ,
  • explicate

2. Define

  • "The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the dean"
    synonym:
  • explain

3. Serve as a reason or cause or justification of

  • "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"
  • "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
    synonym:
  • excuse
  • ,
  • explain

Examples of using

My refusal to explain exempts me from the poll.
I'll explain it all to you later.
I'll explain this later.