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ex·plain

 (ĭk-splān′)
v. ex·plained, ex·plain·ing, ex·plains
v.tr.
1. To make plain or comprehensible.
2. To define; expound: We explained our plan to the committee.
3.
a. To offer reasons for or a cause of; justify: explain an error.
b. To offer reasons for the actions, beliefs, or remarks of (oneself).
v.intr.
To make something plain or comprehensible: Let me explain.
Phrasal Verb:
explain away
To dismiss or minimize the significance of (something) by means of an explanation or excuse: There is no way to explain away my carelessness.

[Middle English explanen, from Latin explānāre : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + plānus, clear; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·plain′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: explain, elucidate, explicate, interpret, construe
These verbs mean to make the nature or meaning of something understandable. Explain is the most widely applicable: The professor used a diagram to explain the theory of continental drift. The manual explained how the new software worked. To elucidate is to throw light on something complex: "Man's whole life and environment have been laid open and elucidated" (Thomas Carlyle).
Explicate implies detailed and usually learned and lengthy exploration or analysis: "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: "A radiologist can interpret images made in Saudi Arabia and beamed to Boston, sending back a diagnosis within hours" (Richard Saltus).
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).

explain away

vb
(tr, adverb) to offer excuses or reasons for (bad conduct, mistakes, etc)
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explain

verb
1. To make understandable:
Archaic: enucleate.
Idiom: put into plain English.
2. To find a solution for:
Informal: dope out, figure out.
3. To offer reasons for or a cause of:
phrasal verb
explain away
To conceal or make light of a fault or offense:
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explain

(ikˈsplein) verb
1. to make (something) clear or easy to understand. Can you explain the railway timetable to me?; Did she explain why she was late?
2. to give, or be, a reason for. I cannot explain his failure; That explains his silence.
explanation (ekspləˈneiʃən) noun
1. the act or process of explaining. Let me give a few words of explanation.
2. a statement or fact that explains. There are several possible explanations for the explosion.
exˈplanatory (-ˈsplӕnə-) adjective
giving an explanation. There are explanatory notes in this book.
explain away
to get rid of (difficulties etc) by clever explaining. She could not explain away the missing money.
References in classic literature ?
pow-wows, while Diana and Fred, and many other gay couples, loitered along the dusky, starlit country roads, there was a queer, lonely ache in her heart which she could not explain away.
And how you will explain away any part of your guilt in that dreadful business, I confess is beyond my comprehension.
His next concern is to explain away the air of paradox, for James was never wilfully paradoxical.
Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
I could not desert old Raffles, even when I would, but must try to explain away his mask as well, if he had not the sense to take it off in time.
THE former abattoir worker accused of murdering schoolgirl April Jones made up a "story" that he had killed her in a car accident in a bid to explain away his role in the killing, a court heard yesterday.
EDEN HAZARD is refusing to learn English - until he needs to explain away a bad spell.
explain away my headache, my heartache, and make a buoy of my soul,
Cabinet ministers try to explain away the debilitating splits as the inevitable stresses and strains of power-sharing and dress them up as honest, principled debate.
I fully understand the industry spokespeople trying to explain away the disadvantage to them when the golden tap is turned off.
Offering up excuses that the football pundit industry is "clubby and boorish" in an attempt to explain away such sexist comments is unacceptable.
Those who are persuaded by this argument need to explain away appearances of indeterminacy.