Synonyms of explain in English:


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1‘a technician explained the procedure’

describe, give an explanation of, make clear, make intelligible, make plain, spell out, put into words, express in words
elucidate, expound, explicate, delineate
clarify, unfold, throw light on, clear up, simplify
gloss, interpret, decipher, decode, translate
demonstrate, show, teach, illustrate
unravel, untangle, resolve, solve
informal get across, get over


2‘there was nothing in his file to explain his new-found wealth’

account for, give an explanation for, give a reason for
justify, give a justification for, give an alibi for, give an apologia for, give an excuse for, make excuses for, explain away, rationalize, give a rationale for
defend, vindicate, legitimize, mitigate
rare extenuate