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

Synonyms for clarify

Synonyms

clear, distill (also distil), filter, fine, garble, purify

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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

Billboard hopped on the phone with Apple to clarify all of the burning questions around iTunes, Apple Music and the future of the digital music store. Micah Singleton, Billboard, "What's Really Going On With Apple's iTunes Shutdown?," 5 June 2019 However, the Oakland City Council resolution includes an amendment that clarifies that anyone suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder should see a doctor before considering the use of psychedelics. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Oakland becomes second US city to decriminalize magic mushrooms," 5 June 2019 Diaz added last-minute language to clarify that the ordinance applies to stand-alone bars as well as restaurants at MIA. Taylor Dolven And Douglas Hanks, miamiherald, "‘We just want to take care of our families.’ County OK’s automatic tips at Miami airport," 4 June 2019 So Mitchell continued to modify, clarifying the plot without compromising the poetry. Ashley Lee, latimes.com, "Anais Mitchell on the very public evolution of ‘Hadestown’ in the digital age," 4 June 2019 The coffee industry scored a win in California on Monday with the passage of a rule clarifying that the popular beverage doesn’t require a cancer warning. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Coffee Doesn’t Warrant a Cancer Warning in California, Agency Says," 3 June 2019 Just clarifying in case anyone is confused There's two sides to the Gemini personality. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Gemini Memes That Totally Describe All Your Gemini Friends," 3 June 2019 Correction posted September 8, 2016 This article has been updated to clarify Kate O'Connor-Giles's statements. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Please clarify what happened with the BTS announcement. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Is Under Fire for 'Clickbaiting' Viewers With a Since-Deleted Announcement," 19 May 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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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 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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