clar·​i·​fy·​ing | \ ˈkler-ə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce clarifying (audio) , ˈkla-rə- \

Definition of clarifying

1 : making something less confusing or easier to understand : providing clarity a clarifying question/statement gave some clarifying information Here is that rare bird, a clarifying book about an important and muddied subject.— Robert Heilbroner … he experienced the rare clarifying moment of discovering one's talent …— Emma Sandler
2 : removing impurities or particulates clarifying lotion/shampoo In the winery, most traditional practices and materials are sanctioned, such as the use of … bentonite clay as a clarifying agent.— Richard Steven Street

First Known Use of clarifying

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Clarifying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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