clarify

verb
clar·i·fy | \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī, ˈkla-rə-\
clarified; clarifying

Definition of clarify 

transitive verb

1 : to make understandable clarify a subject The president was forced to clarify his position on the issue.

2 : to free of confusion needs time to clarify his thoughts

3 : to make (a liquid or something liquefied) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter clarify syrup

intransitive verb

: to become clear waiting for the present muddled diplomatic situation to clarifyNewsweek

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Other Words from clarify

clarification \ˌkler-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkla-rə- \ noun
clarifier \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r, ˈkla-rə- \ noun

Examples of clarify in a Sentence

Can you clarify exactly what it is you're proposing? Her explanation did not clarify matters much. The president was forced to clarify his position on the issue. The committee clarified the manager's duties. a substance used to clarify wine
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Both parties said matters remained to be clarified without providing further details. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Pompeo Seeks Some Details on North Korea’s Nuclear Promise," 6 July 2018 The report also didn't clarify if or how the book will include price information, since the site hinges so largely on dynamic pricing and Prime-exclusive deals. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Report: Amazon will publish toy catalog this holiday to fill Toys ‘R Us void," 5 July 2018 Until the policy is clarified, teams have been notified not to schedule another team in place of St. Frances. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "St. Frances football to play national schedule this fall, issues joint statement with Calvert Hall," 6 June 2018 Still, the French president, who defeated the anti-immigration far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential election last year, was quick to clarify that Mr. Gassama was an exception, not the rule. New York Times, "Paris ‘Spider-Man’ Saves Young Boy. Cue Debate on Migrants.," 28 May 2018 Still, the French president, who defeated anti-immigration far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential election last year, was quick to clarify that Gassama was an exception, not the rule. BostonGlobe.com, "France’s Macron rewards migrant hero ‘Spiderman’ who saved dangling child," 28 May 2018 If the history of this presidency is a guide, then the latest rendition will last only a few news cycles before it too is clarified into some new version. Sean Illing, Vox, "Did Rudy Giuliani just get Trump in legal trouble? I asked 11 legal experts.," 3 May 2018 The new law clarifies that, in the case of towing following an accident, the towing company must release the vehicle the same day that the driver or insurance company provides proof of ownership and fills out a form. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "10 things towing companies can't do under new Arizona law," 18 Apr. 2018 The future leadership for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne retires will apparently not be clarified until next year. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Marchionne: Don't expect next Fiat Chrysler CEO to be named until 2019," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of clarify

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for clarify

Middle English clarifien, from Anglo-French clarifier, from Late Latin clarificare, from Latin clarus clear — more at clear

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clarify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clarify

: to make (something) easier to understand

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

clarify

verb
clar·i·fy | \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī \
clarified; clarifying

Kids Definition of clarify

1 : to make or to become pure or clear clarify a liquid

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

clarify

verb
clar·i·fy | \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī \
clarified; clarifying

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

Other Words from clarify

clarification \ˌklar-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \ noun
clarifier \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r \ noun

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