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[ UK /ɛksplɐnˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌɛkspɫəˈneɪʃən/ ]
  1. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
    I expected a brief account
    the explanation was very simple
  2. the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible
    I heard his explanation of the accident
  3. thought that makes something comprehensible
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How To Use explanation In A Sentence

  • If you wonder about ‘furphy’, as I did, here's a gloss and explanation.
  • He provides clear explanations of complex economic issues, using anecdotes to illustrate each point.
  • The rest of the explanation seeps out gradually as midnight melts into the early hours. Times, Sunday Times
  • In these cases, then, thixotropy cannot be the explanation.
  • _clear, fair_, and _satisfactory_, not in our being always ready to offer an explanation, whether satisfactory or not. Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young Or, the Principles on Which a Firm Parental Authority May Be Established and Maintained, Without Violence or Anger, and the Right Development of the Moral and Mental Capacities Be Promoted by Met
  • He looked at the capable assistant with sincere eyes knowing that this would rattle him into some flustered explanation of his whereabouts.
  • It's great that she was able to tie up Super Smize's narrative, since half of these girls would have been so confused if they just encountered her in plainclothes without an explanation. Taking the boot off
  • In the offices, there was an explanation of the computerised administration processes, grave search and interview room facilities.
  • People keep trying to find rational explanations for their behavior.
  • My first explanation is my theory for the sci-fi physics of the electromagnetic storm.
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