part of speech: verb

inflections: explains, explaining, explained

definition 1: to make clear in speech or writing; show in detail.

  • The carpenter explained how he had made the cabinets.

synonyms: show, spell out

definition 2: to give reasons for.

  • Please explain why you were not in class this morning.

synonyms: account for

definition 3: to show the meaning of.

  • The museum guide explained the painting to us.

synonyms: account for

phrase: explain away

derivation: explainable (adj.)