Definition of clarify
1 : to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter clarify syrup
2 : to free of confusion needs time to clarify his thoughts
3 : to make understandable clarify a subject The president was forced to clarify his position on the issue.
: to become clear waiting for the present muddled diplomatic situation to clarify — Newsweek
clarificationplay \ˌkler-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkla-rə-\ noun
clarifierplay \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
Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of clarify for English Language Learners
: to make (something) easier to understand
: to make (a liquid) purer or easier to see through
CLARIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of clarify for Students
1 : to make or to become pure or clear clarify a liquid
2 : to make or become more easily understood clarify a statement
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
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