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.
- expiratory stridor,
- expired gas,
- explain away,
- explain oneself,
Origin of explain
Examples from the Web for explained
To his critics, he explained—sometimes at painful length—his reasoning against it.
“We look for the qualities that are evocative of V.S.O.P Privilege,” explained Hennessy Senior Vice President Rodney Williams.
He was courteous, explained the legitimate reason we were briefly pulled over, and then let us continue on our way.
In a hot-button cover story interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence explained it best.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 |Kevin Fallon|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“When I first met her I felt this tremendous surge of power,” he explained.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"There wasn't any candles or presents on it when I took it," Sube explained weakly.Sube Cane|Edward Bellamy Partridge
Without burdening the reader too much, a few special terms must be explained.Chats on Old Lace and Needlework|Emily Leigh Lowes
Clay, to be precise, is a silicate of alumina, a term which is interesting when it is explained.The Romance of War Inventions|Thomas W. Corbin
Mr. Ambrose then explained the new wall-decorations which had been painted by Mr. Acres.Stones of the Temple|Walter Field
"I didn't say they had, but that they would," explained the editor.Captain Jinks, Hero|Ernest Crosby
Word Origin for explain
early 15c., from Latin explanare "to make level, smooth out;" also "to explain, make clear" (see explanation).
Originally explane, spelling altered by influence of plain. Also see plane (v.2). In 17c., occasionally used more literally, of the unfolding of material things: Evelyn has buds that "explain into leaves" ["Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions," 1664]. Related: Explained; explaining; explains.