explain [-ed] v

L. ex, out + planus, flat.

  1. Clarify; define; elucidate; make intelligible; shed light on; enlighten to understanding. [Webster 1844] “The first business of a preacher is to explain his text. Notes and comments are intended to explain the Scriptures.”
  2. Expound; talk about; justify with logic; explicate with reason; illustrate by discourse.