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verb 
  1. (obsolete) To make flat, smooth out.
  2. (obsolete) To unfold or make visible.
  3. To give a sufficiently detailed report about (a) the reason for something, about why something happened, about a causal chain of events; about (b) how something works, about how elements in a system interact; about (c) how to do something, about the steps which need to be accomplished in order to accomplish a certain goal.
  4. To give a valid excuse for some past behavior.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: verklaren
    (trans-mid)
  • French: expliquer
  • German: erklí¤ren
  • Italian: spiegare
  • Spanish: explicar
Etymology: From explanare, from ex- + planus.


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