explanation collocations and examples

 UK /ˌekspləˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

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a reason you give for something


Adjectives frequently used with explanation
likely to be true: adequate, convincing, convincing, likely, logical, obvious, plausible, probable, rational, reasonable, satisfactoryI can give no rational explanation for why these boats were so fast.giving many details: detailed, full, thoroughA full explanation for both of these tests will be given before the procedure commences.giving few details: brief, conciseWe include a brief explanation of how to obtain information from the selected links.
Verbs frequently used with explanation
give an explanation: furnish, give, offer, propose, provideIs it impossible to furnish an explanation which would cover both of these facts?ask for an explanation: demand, need, request, require, seek, wantWe have written to the Council seeking an explanation for the cuts.

Usage note

If it seems impossible to explain why or how something happened, you can say that it defies explanation: Just because an event seems to defy explanation, there is no reason to class it as a miracle.

 
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