explain

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explain is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
explain

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Plain form
explain

Third-person singular
explains

Past tense
explained

Past participle
explained

Present participle
explaining

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you explain something, you talk about it so that somebody can understand it.
    Can you explain the difference between the two?
    He explained the difference between the two.
    Explaining my thoughts on the topic was useless.

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