clarify

verb clar·i·fy \ ˈkler-ə-ˌfī , ˈkla-rə- \

Definition of clarify

clarified; clarifying
transitive verb
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.
intransitive verb
:to become clear
  • waiting for the present muddled diplomatic situation to clarify
  • Newsweek

clarification

play \ˌkler-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkla-rə-\ noun

clarifier

play \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r, ˈkla-rə-\ noun

Examples of clarify in a Sentence

  1. Can you clarify exactly what it is you're proposing?

  2. Her explanation did not clarify matters much.

  3. The president was forced to clarify his position on the issue.

  4. The committee clarified the manager's duties.

  5. a substance used to clarify wine

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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


CLARIFY Defined for English Language Learners

clarify

verb

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

clarify

verb clar·i·fy \ ˈkler-ə-ˌfī \

Definition of clarify for Students

clarified; clarifying
1 :to make or to become pure or clear
  • clarify a liquid
2 :to make or become more easily understood
  • clarify a statement

Medical Dictionary

clarify

verb clar·i·fy \ ˈklar-ə-ˌfī \

medical Definition of clarify

clarified; clarifying
transitive verb
:to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter
  • clarify sewage
intransitive verb
:to become clear

clarification

play \ˌklar-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

clarifier

play \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun


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