verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to diminish or nullify the significance of by explanation: He couldn't explain away his absence from home at the time the robbery was committed.
- to dispel (doubts, difficulties, etc.) by explanation: She explained away the child's fears.
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Examples from the Web for explain
A grand juror in the Ferguson case is suing to be able to explain exactly what went down in the courtroom.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I asked her to explain more about these “private customers.”Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After the curtain calls, Christopher comes back to explain a complicated math problem.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The problem is, how do you find a movie narrative that can explain genius, British or otherwise?
Nothing can be explained without the language to explain it.
I see I shall have to explain this, although I had hoped to get right along with my story.Houlihan's Equation|Walt Sheldon
In vain my mother took a world of trouble to explain the thing to me.The Essays of "George Eliot"|George Eliot
"I assure you that maman's doing it on purpose," Liza thought necessary to explain to Shatov.The Possessed|Fyodor Dostoevsky
Henry had kept me posted by letter, and it was very hard at times to explain his absence.Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson|John McElroy
The two men conversed together at the gate; then Mr. Thorne returned to explain.A Touch Of Sun And Other Stories|Mary Hallock Foote