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Synonyms for explain

account for

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Synonyms for explain

to offer reasons for or a cause of

explain away: to conceal or make light of a fault or offense

Synonyms for explain

define

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serve as a reason or cause or justification of

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So I will have to appear and spend an afternoon at 2 Lafayette Street explaining away an inane violation - a violation that in the scheme of things should belong to the tenant - but will always be blamed on the owner.
Zoe Ball explaining away her fascination for the DJ when she started working for the Big Breakfast.
It now contains a subculture of clever policy analysts who excel at explaining away the plentiful evidence of meanness in American life.
Night Shyamalan) plots the movie to death (boredom can be terminal), explaining away Caroline's loopy Nancy Drew behavior by giving her a guilt complex over her father's death.
Tomjanovich did not seem overly concerned Monday, explaining away the problem as the growing pains of a young team still trying to find itself.
So there is Nixon, obviously filmed late in his life, brushing aside, explaining away and at one point openly laughing about such petty nuisances as wiretaps of political enemies, his secret office tape-recordings and the actions of the infamous White House ``plumbers.