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adjective \ˈklir\

Simple Definition of clear

  • : very obvious : not causing or allowing doubt

  • : easily understood

  • : free from doubt or confusion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clear

  1. 1 a :  bright, luminous b :  cloudless; specifically :  less than one-tenth covered <a clear sky> c :  free from mist, haze, or dust <a clear day> d :  untroubled, serene <a clear gaze>

  2. 2 :  clean, pure: as a :  free from blemishes <clear skin> b :  easily seen through :  transparent <clear glass> c :  free from abnormal sounds on auscultation

  3. 3 a :  easily heard <a loud and clear sound> b :  easily visible :  plain <a clear signal> c :  free from obscurity or ambiguity :  easily understood :  unmistakable <a clear explanation>

  4. 4 a :  capable of sharp discernment :  keen <a clear thinker> b :  free from doubt :  sure <not clear on how to proceed>

  5. 5 :  free from guile or guilt :  innocent <a clear conscience>

  6. 6 :  unhampered by restriction or limitation: as a :  unencumbered by debts or charges <a clear estate> b :  net <a clear profit> c :  unqualified, absolute <a clear victory> d :  free from obstruction <clear passage> e :  emptied of contents or cargo f :  free from entanglement or contact <staying clear of controversy> <keep clear of the boundary> g :  bare, denuded <clear ground>

clearness noun

Examples of clear in a sentence

  1. There are clear differences between the two candidates.

  2. She's the clear favorite to win the election.

  3. I'm not completely happy with the plan, but I see no clear alternative.

  4. He was the clear winner.

  5. She has made it abundantly clear that she does not support us.

  6. It's not clear how much longer we'll have to wait.

  7. Changes will have to be made. Yes, that's clear.

  8. Her writing has a clear style.

  9. The instructions weren't very clear about when we were supposed to begin.

  10. I think I have a clear understanding of the problem.

Origin of clear

Middle English clere, from Anglo-French cler, from Latin clarus clear, bright; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of clear

clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness <clear water>. transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly <a transparent sheet of film>. translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond <translucent frosted glass>. limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water <her eyes were limpid pools of blue>.clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity <clear instructions>. perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear <a perspicuous style>. lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement <a lucid explanation>.

synonyms see in addition evident

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Simple Definition of clear

  • : in a clear manner

  • : all the way : completely or entirely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clear

  1. 1 :  in a clear manner <to cry loud and clear>

  2. 2 :  all the way <drove clear across the state>

Examples of clear in a sentence

  1. We drove clear across the state.

  2. The ball rolled clear across the street.

14th Century

First Known Use of clear

14th century




Definition of clear

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make clear or translucent b :  to free from pollution or cloudiness

  3. 2 :  to free from accusation or blame :  exonerate, vindicate <the opportunity to clear himself>

  4. 3 a :  to give insight to :  enlighten b :  to make intelligible :  explain <clear up the mystery>

  5. 4 a :  to free from what obstructs or is unneeded: as (1) :  open 1b <clear a path> (2) :  to remove unwanted growth or items from <clear the land of timber> (3) :  to rid or make a rasping noise as if ridding (the throat) of phlegm (4) :  to erase stored or displayed data from (as a computer or calculator) b :  to empty of occupants <clear the room> c :  disentangle <clear a fishing line> d :  to remove from an area or place <clear the dishes from the table> e :  transmit, dispatch

  6. 5 a :  to submit for approval <clear it with me first> b :  authorize, approve <cleared the article for publication>: as (1) :  to certify as trustworthy <clear a person for classified information> (2) :  to permit (an aircraft) to proceed usually with a specified action <the plane was cleared to land>

  7. 6 a :  to free from obligation or encumbrance b :  settle, discharge <clear an account> c (1) :  to free (a ship or shipment) by payment of duties or harbor fees (2) :  to pass through (customs) d :  to gain without deduction :  net <clear a profit> e :  to put through a clearinghouse

  8. 7 a :  to go over, under, or by without touching <the ball just cleared the uprights> b :  to move through successfully :  pass <the bill cleared the legislature>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 a :  to become clear <it cleared up quickly after the rain> b :  to go away :  vanish <the symptoms cleared gradually> c :  sell

  11. 2 a :  to obtain permission to discharge cargo b :  to conform to regulations or pay requisite fees prior to leaving port

  12. 3 :  to pass through a clearinghouse

  13. 4 :  to go to an authority (as for approval) before becoming effective

clearable play \ˈklir-ə-bəl\ adjective
clearer play \ˈklir-ər\ noun
clear the air also clear the atmosphere
  1. :  to remove elements of hostility, tension, confusion, or uncertainty <had a long meeting to clear the air>

clear the decks
  1. :  to make sweeping preparations for action

Examples of clear in a sentence

  1. The sky cleared after the rain.

  2. The weather is cloudy now, but it's clearing gradually.

  3. The morning fog gradually cleared.

  4. When the smoke cleared, we could see that the building had been completely destroyed.

  5. The water cleared after the mud had settled.

  6. My skin cleared when I started using the cream.

  7. They cleared timber from the land.

  8. She cleared everything out of the closet.

  9. I'll clear those books out of the way.

  10. The police ordered the crowd to clear the area.

14th Century

First Known Use of clear

14th century




Definition of clear

  1. 1 :  a clear space or part

  2. 2 :  a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton

in the clear
  1. 1 :  in inside measurement

  2. 2 :  free from guilt or suspicion

  3. 3 :  in plaintext :  not in code or cipher <a message sent in the clear>


First Known Use of clear


CLEAR Defined for Kids



adjective \ˈklir\

Definition of clear for Students


  1. 1 :  easily heard, seen, noticed, or understood <a clear definition> <The differences were clear.> <She spoke in a clear voice.>

  2. 2 :  free of clouds, haze, or mist <a clear day>

  3. 3 :  free from feelings of guilt <a clear conscience>

  4. 4 :  easily seen through <clear water>

  5. 5 :  free from doubt or confusion :  sure <Are you clear on what you need to do?>

  6. 6 :  free of blemishes <clear skin>

  7. 7 :  not blocked <a clear path> <a clear view>

  8. 8 :  bright 1, luminous <clear sunlight>

clear·ly adverb
clear·ness noun




Definition of clear for Students


  1. 1 :  to free of things blocking <I cleared my throat.>

  2. 2 :  to make or become free of clouds, haze, or mist <The sky cleared.>

  3. 3 :  to get rid of :  remove <Please clear dishes from the table.>

  4. 4 :  to go over or by without touching <The ball I hit cleared the fence.>

  5. 5 :  to go away :  disperse <The crowd cleared rapidly.>

  6. 6 :  explain 1 <We tried to clear the matter up.>

  7. 7 :  to free from blame <The judge cleared my name.>

  8. 8 :  to approve or be approved by <Our plane was cleared to land.> <Our proposal cleared the committee.>

  9. 9 :  to make as profit <We cleared 85 dollars on the sale.>




Definition of clear for Students

  1. 1 :  in a way that is easy to hear <loud and clear>

  2. 2 :  all the way <I could hear you clear across the room.>

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of clear

  1. 1 :  unencumbered by outstanding claims or interests <a search showed the title was clear>

  2. 2 :  free from doubt or ambiguity

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