Another word for explain
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These verbs mean to make understandable the nature or meaning of something. Explain is the most widely applicable: The professor explained the obscure symbols. To elucidate is to throw light on something complex: “Man's whole life and environment have been laid open and elucidated” (Thomas Carlyle). Expound and explicate imply detailed and usually learned and lengthy exploration or analysis: “We must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding” (John Marshall). “Ordinary language philosophers tried to explicate the standards of usage” (Jerrold J. Katz). To interpret is to reveal the underlying meaning of something by the application of special knowledge or insight: “If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility” (William Butler Yeats). Construe involves putting a particular construction or interpretation on something: “I take the official oath today . . . with no purpose to construe the Constitution or laws by any hypercritical rules” (Abraham Lincoln).
Another word for explainverb
To make understandable:construe, decipher, explicate, expound, interpret, spell out. (Archaic) enucleate. Idiom: put into plain English. See explain
To find a solution for:clear up, decipher, resolve, solve, unravel. (Informal) dope out, figure out. Idiom: get to the bottom of. See ask, reason
To offer reasons for or a cause of:account for, justify, rationalize. See explain
To conceal or make light of a fault or offense:extenuate, gloss over, gloze (over), palliate, sleek over, whitewash. See show