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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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From the top of the tower the outer world was to be told what was going on, but people could not get in by the [Greek]: they would have to come in by the main entrance, and Melanthius explains that the mouth of the narrow passage (which was in the lands of Ulysses and his friends) commanded the only entrance by which help could come, so that there would be nothing gained by raising an alarm.
Come then, and take a turn with me and I will explain.
Will you have the goodness to explain what you mean by that 'yes?
Putting together many small matters that have come to my knowledge, I have come to the conclusion that the foul White Worm obtained control of her body, just as her soul was leaving its earthly tenement--that would explain the sudden revival of energy, the strange and inexplicable craving for maiming and killing, as well as many other matters with which I need not trouble you now, Adam.
I should have come down sooner," he explains, "but that I have been much engaged with those matters in the several suits between yourself and Boythorn.
I had forgotten Raffles was a modern first-class cricketer: that explains him.
To presence the tranquillity of the city," explains Count Rostopchin.
The metaphysician explains the universe by himself, the scientist explains himself by the universe.
Please let Robert explain why he is going, and why he is going to-night," she called out.
Ostrinski asked where he lived, offering to walk in that direction; and so he had to explain once more that he was without a home.
Only one thing could explain this: that other magician had been cut- ting under me, sure.
To another one he gave no name, neither would he explain to anybody what its purpose was, but merely said it was an amusement.
Then you can explain, if you can, who gave you any authority to invite a passel of strangers to stop here over night, when you know we ain't had any company for twenty years, and don't intend to have any for another twenty,--or at any rate while I'm the head of the house.
It rests entirely with you to say whether any valid reason can or can not be produced to explain such an extraordinary proceeding as this.
I was prepared to do anything: to kill the monster, if necessary, and explain to the police afterward.