1. Make plain and comprehensible (synset 200941308)
    "He explained the laws of physics to his students"
  2. Define (synset 201067478)
    "The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"
  3. Serve as a reason or cause or justification of (synset 200894956)
    "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"

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