Visit the forum if you have a language query!

explain

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
Jump to: navigation, search

English

Wikipedia-logo-en.png
Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] explanare, from ex- + planus.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to explain

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to explain (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (obsolete) To make flat, smooth out.
  2. (obsolete) To unfold or make visible.
  3. To give a sufficiently detailed report about (a) the reason for something, about why something happened, about a causal chain of events; about (b) how something works, about how elements in a system interact; about (c) how to do something, about the steps which need to be accomplished in order to accomplish a certain goal.
  4. To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.

Synonyms

Related terms

Translations

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE