• To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to illustrate the meaning of.
  • To give a valid excuse for past behavior.
  • To make flat, smooth out.
  • To unfold or make visible.
  • To make something plain or intelligible.


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  • From Middle English explanen, from Old French explaner, from Latin explanō ("I flatten, spread out, make plain or clear, explain"), from ex- + planō, from planus; see plain and plane. Compare esplanade, splanade. Displaced .

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