Clarify what one has said or done, as in If you have a few minutes, I’ll try to explain myself. [ First half of 1600s ]
Demand or give an explanation or excuse for something wrong one has done. For example, You’re three hours late—can you explain yourself?
[eks-pluh-neyt, eks-pley-neyt] /ˈɛks pləˌneɪt, ɛksˈpleɪ neɪt/ adjective, Botany, Zoology. 1. flattened; spread out.
[ek-spluh-ney-shuh n] /ˌɛk spləˈneɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act or process of . 2. something that ; a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable; exposition: an explanation of a poem. 3. a meaning or interpretation: to find an explanation for a mystery. 4. a mutual declaration of the meaning of words spoken, […]
[ik-splan-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplæn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective 1. serving to : an explanatory footnote. /ɪkˈsplænətərɪ; -trɪ/ adjective 1. serving or intended to serve as an explanation adj. 1610s, from or modeled on Late Latin explanatorius “having to do with an explanation,” from Latin explanat-, past participle stem of explanare (see explanation).
[ik-spleyn] /ɪkˈspleɪn/ verb (used with object) 1. to make plain or clear; render understandable or intelligible: to explain an obscure point. Synonyms: explicate. Antonyms: confuse. 2. to make known in detail: to explain how to do something. 3. to assign a meaning to; interpret: How can you explain such a silly remark? 4. to make […]