Clarify what one has said or done, as in If you have a few minutes, I'll try to explain myself. [First half of 1600s]
Demand or give an explanation or excuse for something wrong one has done. For example, You're three hours late—can you explain yourself?
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A grand juror in the Ferguson case is suing to be able to explain exactly what went down in the courtroom.
The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.
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?
We stood staring after the fugitives in perfect bewilderment, totally unable to explain their apparently causeless panic.
How, then, are we to explain this extraordinary discrepancy between human power and resulting human happiness?The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
The pulse in Louis's temples beat hard; yet he was determined not to anticipate, but make Wharton explain himself.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Would it not be more advisable to write to the London house itself, and explain the object of his coming up?
Father Fochel of the Cathedral had attempted to explain it; but he had not done so to her satisfaction.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin