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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Explain  \Ex*plain"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Explained};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Explaining}.]  [L.  explandare  to  flatten,  spread  out 
  explain;  ex  out+plandare  to  make  level  or  plain,  planus 
  plain:  cf  OF  esplaner  explaner.  See  {Plain},a.,  and  cf 
  {Esplanade}.] 
  1.  To  flatten;  to  spread  out  to  unfold;  to  expand.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  horse-chestnut  is  .  .  .  ready  to  explain  its 
  leaf.  --Evelyn. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  Commentators  to  explain  the  difficult  passages  to 
  you  --Gay. 
 
  {To  explain  away},  to  get  rid  of  by  explanation.  ``Those 
  explain  the  meaning  quite  away.''  --Pope. 
 
  Syn:  To  expound;  interpret;  elucidate;  clear  up 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Explain  \Ex*plain"\,  v.  i. 
  To  give  an  explanation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  explain 
  v  1:  give  an  explanation  for  [syn:  {explicate}] 
  2:  state  by  way  of  explanation 
  3:  serve  as  an  excuse  for  [syn:  {excuse}] 




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