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Translation of explicar in English:

verbo transitivo

also: explicarse verbo pronominal

  • 1.1 (comprender, concebir) no me explico cómo pudo suceder una cosa así
    I don't understand o I can't make out how something like this could have happened
    no me lo explico, si estaba aquí hace un momento
    I can't understand it o [familiar] I just don't get it, she was here a moment ago
    1.2 (hacerse comprender) se explica muy bien
    he expresses himself very well
    espero haberme explicado con toda claridad
    I hope I have made myself quite clear
    no sé lo que quieres decir, explícate
    I don't know what you're trying to say, explain what you mean
    ¿me explico?
    is that clear? o do you understand what I mean?
    no sabe explicarse
    he isn't very good at expressing himself o putting his ideas across o explaining things
    se explicó diciendo que él creía que caducaba mañana
    he explained it (away) by saying that he thought it expired tomorrow
Example sentences
  • Explica por qué no puedes contestar la pregunta y promete una pronta respuesta.
  • Según explicaron previamente sus abogados, Strauss-Kahn se declarará inocente, informó CNN.
  • Una fuente judicial explicó a La Razón que una audiencia cautelar puede desarrollarse en horas extraordinarias, si el caso lo amerita.

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