|1.||[ verb ] make plain and comprehensible|
"He explained the laws of physics to his students"
|Related terms:||inform interpret account_for clarify comment naturalize explication|
|2.||[ verb ] define|
"The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"
|Related terms:||state explanation|
|3.||[ verb ] 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 amy explain her reluctance to date again"
|Related terms:||justify alibi explanation|