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explain oneself

Definition of explain oneself in English:

1Expand on what one has said in order to make oneself clear.
Example sentences
  • Many of them had a hard time developing clear arguments, explaining themselves fully, and understanding their own situation.
  • It had no caption or explanation following it, yet the pictures were not clear enough to explain themselves.
  • I have a lot more detailed information to this case but I would need to speak to someone person to person and have time to explain myself more clearly.
1.1Excuse or justify one’s motives or conduct: he was too panicked to stay and explain himself to the policeman
More example sentences
  • My students feel they want to explain themselves and justify their ordinariness.
  • Workers should be given an opportunity to explain themselves at a properly conducted meeting before decisions are made.
  • If the Prime Minister refused to explain himself over the war, his conduct would be judged at the ballot box, he added.
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