To flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand.
- To make plain or comprehensible.
- To define; expound: We explained our plan to the committee.
- To offer reasons for or a cause of; justify: explain an error.
- To offer reasons for the actions, beliefs, or remarks of (oneself).
- To make something plain or comprehensible: Let me explain.
- explain away To dismiss or get rid of by or as if by explaining.
- explain away To minimize by explanation.