selvittää

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< selvä (clear)

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selvittää

  1. to make clear, clarify
    En ymmärrä tätä kappaletta. Voitko selvittää, mitä tarkoitat?
    I don't understand this chapter. Can you clarify what you want to say?
  2. to examine, investigate, find out
    Tehtäväni on selvittää, miksi kunnossapitokustannukset ovat nousseet.
    My task is to find out why the maintenance costs have increased.
  3. to disentangle
    Tämä narukasa on niin sekaisin, että en pysty selvittämään sitä.
    This heap of cord is such a mess that I cannot disentangle it.
  4. to get to the bottom of (to understand, discover the truth about, or solve)
    En tiedä, mitä täällä touhutaan, mutta minä selvitän sen ennemin tai myöhemmin.
    I don't know what's going on here, but I'll get to the bottom of it sooner or later.
  5. to clear, like an airplane for departure, goods through customs, or payments between banks
  6. to settle, as accounts
    Selvitin tilini hänen kanssaan.
    I settled my accounts with him.
  7. to explain
    Kunnossapitokustannukset ovat kaksinkertaistuneet viime vuodesta. Voitko selvittää, mistä on kysymys?
    The maintenance costs have doubled from last year. Can you explain why this has happened?

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  • The verbs selvittää and tutkia are close to each other in meaning, and sometimes synonymous, but generally selvittää tends to refer to an activity which is more limited in scope and/or less scientific.

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