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Definition of explain:

  1. To flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand.
  2. To give an explanation.
  3. To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of; as, to explain a chapter of the Bible.


condone, rationalise, pardon, ask, develop, apologize, construe, whitewash, clear up, enucleate, figure out, show, let off, enucleate, exempt, relieve, account for, spell out, unravel, formulate, resolve, apologise, dope out, solve, gloss over, sleek over, palliate, beg off, reason, extenuate, excuse, explicate.

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