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clarify

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verb clar·i·fy \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī, ˈkla-rə-\

Simple Definition of clarify

  • : to make (something) easier to understand

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

Full Definition of clarify

clar·i·fiedclar·i·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter

  3. 2 :  to free of confusion <needs time to clarify his thoughts>

  4. 3 :  to make understandable <clarify a subject>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become clear

clar·i·fi·ca·tion play \ˌkler-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkla-rə-\ noun
clar·i·fi·er play \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


CLARIFY Defined for Kids

clarify

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verb clar·i·fy \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of clarify

clar·i·fiedclar·i·fy·ing

  1. 1 :  to make or to become pure or clear <clarify a liquid>

  2. 2 :  to make or become more easily understood <clarify a statement>




Medical Dictionary

clarify

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verb clar·i·fy \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of clarify

clar·i·fiedclar·i·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter <clarify sewage>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become clear

  5. clar·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌklar-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən\play noun
    clar·i·fi·er \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\play noun





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