Other words for “explain”

other words for explain

When writing fiction, “said” does the job at least 90% of the time. But when writing a formal essay, sometimes you need another word for “explain”.

OTHER WORDS FOR EXPLAIN

  • clarify: to make something more comprehensible
  • clear up: to solve or explain something
  • convey: to communicate something
  • convince: to cause (someone) to believe firmly in the truth of something
  • define: to state or describe exactly the nature, scope, or meaning of
  • demystify: to make something difficult easier to understand
  • describe: to give a detailed account in words
  • elaborate: to develop something in further detail
  • elucidate: to make something clear
  • explicate: to analyse and develop something in detail
  • expound: to present and explain something in detail
  • get across: to communicate an idea clearly
  • illuminate: to clarify or explain (light up)
  • inform: to give information to
  • justify: to show or prove to be right or reasonable
  • lay out: to explain something clearly and carefully
  • let someone know: to tell
  • map out: to plan a route or course of action in detail
  • put across: to communicate something effectively
  • refine: to make minor changes, improving or clarifying something
  • shed light on: to help to explain something by providing further information
  • specify: to state a fact or requirement clearly and precisely
  • spell out: to explain in detail
  • throw light on: to help to explain something by providing further information