clarify


clar·i·fy

verb \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī, ˈkla-rə-\

: to make (something) easier to understand

: to make (a liquid) purer or easier to see through

clar·i·fiedclar·i·fy·ing

Full Definition of CLARIFY

transitive verb
1
:  to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter
2
:  to free of confusion <needs time to clarify his thoughts>
3
:  to make understandable <clarify a subject>
intransitive verb
:  to become clear
clar·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌkler-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkla-rə-\ noun
clar·i·fi·er \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r, ˈkla-rə-\ noun

Examples of CLARIFY

  1. Can you clarify exactly what it is you're proposing?
  2. Her explanation did not clarify matters much.
  3. The president was forced to clarify his position on the issue.
  4. The committee clarified the manager's duties.
  5. a substance used to clarify wine

Origin of CLARIFY

Middle English clarifien, from Anglo-French clarifier, from Late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus clear — more at clear
First Known Use: 14th century

clar·i·fy

verb \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)
clar·i·fiedclar·i·fy·ing

Medical Definition of CLARIFY

transitive verb
: to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter <clarify sewage>
intransitive verb
: to become clear
clar·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌklar-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
clar·i·fi·er \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

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