Definition of clarify
1 : to make (a liquid or something liquefied) 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
Recent Examples of clarify from the Web
Police said Friday two protesters were killed and 25 police injured but would not comment on the number of fatalities when asked to clarify the death toll Saturday.
Attempts to clarify the statement were unsuccessful.
As a result, several members of Congress have drafted legislation that would clarify the rules for non-profits working with the U.S. military.
This team could still veer off in any number of directions that help clarify the best course of action.
TOKYO — A poll shows that about half of Japan’s population supports a constitutional revision that would clarify the legality of the country’s military.
Elliott’s predecessor and recent boss, Jan Goldsmith, had advised the City Council that the current code is vague and would need to be clarified if rentals such as those listed through Airbnb were to be prohibited.
His work helps clarify the tapestry-like nature of its neighbor, a taut new painting by Rosy Keyser.
Kenny aka Pretty Boy Pitbull King — that's his wrestling stage name, just to clarify — is another front runner in my eyes.
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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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