explain

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 /ɪksˈpleɪn/

WordReference English-French Dictionary © 2014:

Principal Translations/Principales traductions
explain vi (make [sth] clear)expliquer vtr
 Just give me a minute and I'll explain.
 Donne-moi une minute, je vais t'expliquer.
explain [sth] vtr (give details about)expliquer qch (à qqn) vtr
 She explained her reasoning.
 Elle expliqua son raisonnement.
 
Additional Translations/Traductions supplémentaires
explain [sth] vtr (clarify, elaborate on)préciser vtr
 She is asleep already, he explained.
 Elle dort déjà, précisa-t-il.
explain [sth] vtr (make intelligible or clear)expliquer, exposer vtr
 Can you explain what led to your decision?
 Peux-tu nous expliquer (or: exposer) les raisons qui t'ont conduit à cette décision ?
explain [sth] vtr (account for)expliquer vtr
 élucider, éclaircir vtr
 Can you explain what happened to the money?
 Pouvez-vous nous expliquer ce qu'est devenu l'argent ?
 * C'est elle qui élucida (or: qui éclaircit) le mystère.
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WordReference English-French Dictionary © 2014:

Compound Forms/Formes composées
explain [sth] away vtr phrasal sep (account for)justifier vtr
 trouver des excuses à loc v
explain oneself se justifiers'expliquer v pron
explain [sth] to [sb] v expr (clarify [sth] to [sb])expliquer qch à qqn vtr
 I've tried to explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity to Suzette many times, but she still doesn't understand it.
re-explain réexpliquer v
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