- to make plain or clear; render understandable or intelligible: to explain an obscure point.
- to make known in detail: to explain how to do something.
- to assign a meaning to; interpret: How can you explain such a silly remark?
- to make clear the cause or reason of; account for: I cannot explain his strange behavior.
- to give an explanation.
- explain away,
- 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.
Origin of explain
Examples from the Web for explainer
The explainer in chief can easily and eloquently point to all that.Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign
April 14, 2014
Strugnell took the opportunity and ran with it—shooting, editing, and uploading an explainer video Sunday evening.Facebook Profile Pictures Taken Over by Giraffes: Behind the Invasion
November 1, 2013
But the explanation of evils is never consoling except to the explainer.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3)
Just as the explainer may pass from cause to effect so may the arguer.Public Speaking
If something graver could but be sifted out from all these journals and letters of frank confession, by the explainer!Ceres' Runaway
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to make (something) comprehensible, esp by giving a clear and detailed account of the relevant structure, operation, surrounding circumstances, etc
- (tr) to justify or attempt to justify (oneself) by giving reasons for one's actions or words
Word Origin and History for explainer
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.