English verb: explain
|1.||explain (communication) make plain and comprehensible|
|Samples||He explained the laws of physics to his students.|
|Examples||Sam and Sue explain the movie|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something.|
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
|Narrower (hyponym)||account for, clarify, clear up, comment, elucidate, interpret, naturalize, rede|
|2.||explain (communication) define|
|Samples||The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean.|
|Examples||They explain that there was a traffic accident|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s that CLAUSE|
|Broader (hypernym)||say, state, tell|
|3.||explain (communication) serve as a reason or cause or justification of|
|Samples||Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work.|
Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again.
|Pattern of use||Something ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||justify, vindicate|