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To make something easier to understand - thesaurus

Synonyms

explain

verb

to tell someone something in a way that helps them understand it better

define

verb

to explain the meaning of a word

put across

to explain an idea, belief etc in a way that is easy to understand

interpret

verb

to explain the meaning of something

clarify

verb

formal to explain something more clearly so that it is easier to understand

explain yourself

to tell someone what you mean in a clear way that they can easily understand

run through

to explain or to read something quickly

set out

to explain, describe, or arrange something in a clear and detailed way, especially in writing

lay out

to explain something carefully and clearly

get across

to make people understand something

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amplify

verb

formal to explain something more thoroughly or give it more emphasis

cast (new/fresh) light on something

to provide information that helps people understand something more clearly

demystify

verb

to make something that is difficult easy to understand, especially by explaining it clearly

develop

verb

to gradually add details to an idea, plan, story etc to make it more clear or complete

disambiguate

verb

to make clear the meaning of a word, phrase etc that has more than one meaning

dumb down

to make something simpler and easier to understand in a way that reduces its quality

elucidate

verb

formal to make something easier to understand by giving more information

expand

verb

to talk or write more about something, adding more details or information

expatiate

verb

very formal to talk or write a lot or in great detail about something

explicate

verb

very formal to make the meaning of a piece of writing, a plan etc clear

expound

verb

very formal to explain something or to express your opinion about it in detail

flesh out

to add more details about something in order to make it easier to understand or imagine

get through to

to make someone understand what you are trying to say

gloss

verb

to give an explanation of a word or a piece of writing

go into

to talk about something in a lot of detail

go into

to start an explanation or statement, especially a long and boring one

idiot-proof

verb

informal to make something so easy to use that it is impossible to use it wrongly

illuminate

verb

formal to make something clear and easier to understand

illumine

verb

literary to illuminate

illustrate

verb

to use pictures in a talk, document etc

impress on

to try to make someone understand how important something is

make something plain/make yourself plain

to say something so that it is obvious what you mean

open someone’s eyes to something

to make someone realize the truth about a situation

oversimplify

noun

to explain or consider something in a way that makes it seem more simple than it really is

pinpoint

verb

to discover or explain exactly what something is

press something home

to repeat or explain something carefully so that you are certain someone understands it completely

put

verb

to state or explain something

put a human face on something

to make something seem more real or easier to understand, because you meet or hear about people who are involved

put flesh on (the bones of) something

to give more details about something so that people can see more clearly what it would be like

put/set someone right

to make someone understand that a situation is different from what they thought it was

put someone straight/right (/on/about something)

to explain the real facts about a situation to someone who does not understand it correctly

put something into words

to explain a feeling that you are having

put yourself across

to express your ideas clearly and effectively so that people can see what you are really like

reword

verb

to express something using different words in order to make it clearer or more correct

run over

to explain something again so that someone understands

set forth

formal to explain or describe something in a clear and detailed way, especially in writing

set/put someone straight

to tell someone the true facts about a situation after they have been told something that is not true

show

verb

to give someone instructions or an explanation

simplify

verb

to make something less complicated or difficult

specify

verb

to explain something in an exact and detailed way

spell out

informal to say or explain something very clearly because someone has not understood something

stake out

to explain your opinion clearly and defend it in a determined way

take something further

to develop something such as an opinion or theory

take through

to explain to someone in detail how something should be done, what something is about etc

talk through

to explain to someone in detail how something should be done

throw/shed/cast light on something

to provide new information that helps you understand something

unpack

verb

to explain something difficult by reducing it to small simple stages or by using simpler language

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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