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Expound vs. Explain — What's the Difference?

Expound vs. Explain — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Expound and Explain

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Expound

Present and explain (a theory or idea) in detail
He was expounding a powerful argument
He declined to expound on his decision

Explain

Make (an idea or situation) clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts
He explained the situation
‘It's a device of great age,’ the professor explained
They explained that their lives centred on the religious rituals

Expound

To explain in detail; elucidate
She expounded her theory on the origin of the conflict.

Explain

To make plain or comprehensible.

Expound

To make known or set forth; present
"In the 1956 campaign he cheerfully expounded views that had gravely disturbed him four years earlier" (Helen Sasson).
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Explain

To define; expound
We explained our plan to the committee.

Expound

To make a detailed statement
The professor was expounding on a favorite topic.

Explain

To offer reasons for or a cause of; justify
Explain an error.

Expound

(transitive) To set out the meaning of; to explain or discuss at length

Explain

To offer reasons for the actions, beliefs, or remarks of (oneself).

Expound

(intransitive) To make a statement, especially at length.
He expounded often on the dangers of the imperial presidency.

Explain

To make something plain or comprehensible
Let me explain.

Expound

To lay open; to expose to view; to examine.
He expounded both his pockets.

Explain

To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to illustrate the meaning of.
She is about to explain a chapter of the Bible to the Sunday School students.
She tried to explain but he wouldn’t listen.

Expound

To lay open the meaning of; to explain; to clear of obscurity; to interpret; as, to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle.
Expound this matter more fully to me.

Explain

To give a valid excuse for past behavior.

Expound

Add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing;
She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation

Explain

(obsolete) To make flat, smooth out.

Expound

State;
Set forth one's reasons

Explain

(obsolete) To unfold or make visible.

Explain

(intransitive) To make something plain or intelligible.

Explain

To flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand.
The horse-chestnut is . . . ready to explain its leaf.

Explain

To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of; as, to explain a chapter of the Bible.
Commentators to explain the difficult passages to you.

Explain

To give an explanation.

Explain

Make palin and comprehensible;
He explained the laws of physics to his students

Explain

Define;
The committe explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean

Explain

Serve as a reason or cause or justification of;
Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work
Her recent divorce amy explain her reluctance to date again

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