clarify

verb
clar·​i·​fy | \ ˈkler-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce clarify (audio) , 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 How to pronounce clarification (audio) , ˌkla-​rə-​ \ noun
clarifier \ ˈkler-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce clarifier (audio) , ˈkla-​rə-​ \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web In particular, Rahal's comments referenced the fact that Arrow McLaren SP clarified Wednesday that Wickens' No. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "James Hinchcliffe 'shocked' after losing 2020 IndyCar ride with Arrow McLaren SP," 31 Oct. 2019 As negative chatter mounted on Friday, Ocean wrote a Tumblr post clarifying his intentions. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Frank Ocean’s PrEP+ Party Understood," 22 Oct. 2019 In the interview, Zuckerberg said his recent efforts to clarify his position on Facebook's approach to these comments, which included a speech at Georgetown University, are part of an effort to make sure people understand the company's decisions. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, "Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook caught Russia and Iran trying to interfere in 2020," 21 Oct. 2019 Malone clarified there had been no decisions made on the open competition. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets handle Blazers, finish preseason with perfect 4-0 record," 17 Oct. 2019 On Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor issued a statement to clarify the conditions on demonstrators in London. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "London becomes first city to ban Extinction Rebellion protests," 15 Oct. 2019 Efforts were quickly made to defuse the impact; Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said Morey does not speak for the Rockets, and Morey returned to Twitter on Monday in an effort to clarify his meaning. Stephen Wade And Tim Reynolds, baltimoresun.com, "With China rift ongoing after Rockets GM’s Hong Kong tweet, NBA says free speech remains vital," 9 Oct. 2019 Efforts were quickly made to defuse the impact; Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said Mr. Morey does not speak for the Rockets, and Mr. Morey returned to Twitter on Monday in an effort to clarify his meaning. Stephen Wade And Tim Reynolds, The Christian Science Monitor, "China rift growing, NBA has not budged on freedom of speech," 8 Oct. 2019 Having been criticized in some corners for not being more publicly supportive of Morey amid backlash from China, a major market for the NBA, Silver on Tuesday issued a statement clarifying the league’s position. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Popovich defends Silver’s handling of China flap," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of clarify was in the 14th century

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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Clarify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clarifies. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for clarify

clarify

verb
How to pronounce clarify (audio)

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 How to pronounce clarify (audio) \
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 How to pronounce clarify (audio) \
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 How to pronounce clarification (audio) \ noun
clarifier \ ˈklar-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce clarifier (audio) \ noun

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