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Describe former lover? Unattractive (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

explain

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Here is my best explanation:

'describe' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'former lover? unattractive' is the wordplay.
'former lover?' becomes 'ex'.
'unattractive' becomes 'plain' ('plain' can be similar in meaning to 'unattractive').
'ex'+'plain'='EXPLAIN'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for explain that I've seen before include "Spell out", "area affected by mountain formation?", "Clarify", "Elucidate, make clear", "Make understandable", "Expound", "Elucidate - define", "Define", "Shed light" and "offer clarification".)

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