make (oneself) understood

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make (oneself) understood

To make others understand exactly what one is trying to convey. I want all of this cleaned up right now, or I'll take away your video games for the weekend. Have I made myself understood? I tried explaining the directions to the tourist, but my Japanese is so limited that I couldn't make myself understood.
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ˌmake yourself underˈstood

make your meaning clear, especially in another language: He doesn’t speak much Japanese but he can make himself understood.
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Whether or not they are in a field requiring extensive writing, graduate students must take writing seriously, not just to make themselves understood but because writing in a discipline is intimately linked with thinking, reasoning, and persuading effectively in it.