1. [ verb ] make plain and comprehensible
Synonyms: explicate

"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
Synonyms: excuse

"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
Similar spelling:   exploding