explain to

explain someone or something to someone

to give information or instruction about someone or something to someone. Please explain it to me. Can you explain Andrew to me?
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I will explain to the sentries that Mohammed Beyd has ordered me to take your body into the jungle.
They took advantage of this fact to explain to them that this distance was obtained by measuring the parallax of the moon.
He was back again so speedily that the Vice-warden had barely time to explain to my Lady that her remark about "a love for pastry" was "unfortunate.
The parts of a line bear a relative position to each other, for each lies somewhere, and it would be possible to distinguish each, and to state the position of each on the plane and to explain to what sort of part among the rest each was contiguous.
The old man appeared enraptured and said some words which Agatha endeavoured to explain to Safie, and by which he appeared to wish to express that she bestowed on him the greatest delight by her music.
I will soon explain to what these feelings tended, but allow me now to return to the cottagers, whose story excited in me such various feelings of indignation, delight, and wonder, but which all terminated in additional love and reverence for my protectors(for so I loved, in an innocent, half-painful self-deceit, to call them).
Sabin remarked, "is, I presume, the matter which you have come to explain to me.
The first is that in a friendly way, and of course under the inviolable law of secrecy, you explain to me for what part Lucille is cast in this little comedy; the next that I be allowed to see her at reasonable intervals, and finally that she is known by her rightful name as Duchesse de Souspennier.
With quick imagina- tion he began to invent his own people to whom he could really talk and to whom he explained the things he had been unable to explain to living peo- ple.
And how could I explain to Benny that he had to suffer because a computer at the credit-card company had added a one to our address, the card had been returned and canceled, and Fed Ex would not deliver the replacement until Monday.
While I tried to be brief and to the point with my explanation, as usual, I made a mountain out of a molehill and began to explain to her the art and science of metalcasting.
We also are very careful to fully explain to the expatriate's company what is standard for rental contracts in Japan; as contract terms in Japan can be quite different from those in other countries.
The scheme involved volumes of thick contracts, letters of intent, secrecy clauses, and a host of other financial terms that the investor really never understood and could not explain to the detective.
While many people in business have character and principles, not all of them can effectively explain to others why business ethics is a required consideration.