give an explanation

See: elucidate
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We have seen in the last chapter that the species of a group sometimes falsely appear to have come in abruptly; and I have attempted to give an explanation of this fact, which if true would have been fatal to my views.
Summary: Patna [Bihar] [India], Mar 14 (ANI): Former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday said the people have given their verdict and it is Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar's time to give an explanation on his party's loss in state bypolls.
This was because Newsome, of Mountain Crescent in Thornhill, failed to give an explanation for not attending court.
He threatened to cancel the ceasefire agreement if the CPP would fail to give an explanation and reciprocate the unilateral ceasefire.
Earlier this year they also parted company with manager Scott Rodger, but the group are yet to give an explanation for the split.
The US embassy and the EU office did not give an explanation for the absence of their representatives in the Parliament.
dpa reported that the court did not give an explanation for its ruling, which was in response to a lawsuit filed by a law professor at the state-run Helwan University.
The home minister must give an explanation," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
Mr Callely said he was entitled to give an explanation to constituents but acting chairman Paddy Bourke said he had no right to do so and adjourned the sitting.
At a Proceeds of Crime Hearing before Sunderland magistrates yesterday, the man failed to give an explanation for the cash.
A total of 88 out of 108 agents failed to provide an EPC and 41 agents said they believed the certificate was not necessary, or just could not give an explanation about why no EPC was available.
3 : to give an explanation <Try to account for what you did.