clarify

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

Definition of clarify

clarified

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clarifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter clarify syrup

  3. 2 :  to free of confusion needs time to clarify his thoughts

  4. 3 :  to make understandable clarify a subject The president was forced to clarify his position on the issue.

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become clear waiting for the present muddled diplomatic situation to clarifyNewsweek

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


First Known Use: 14th century


CLARIFY Defined for English Language Learners

clarify

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

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

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verb clar·i·fy \ˈkler-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of clarify for Students

clarified

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clarifying

  1. 1 :  to make or to become pure or clear clarify a liquid

  2. 2 :  to make or become more easily understood clarify a statement


Medical Dictionary

clarify

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verb clar·i·fy \ˈklar-ə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of clarify

clarified

;

clarifying

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make (as a liquid) clear or pure usually by freeing from suspended matter clarify sewage

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become clear

clarification

\ˌklar-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən\play noun

clarifier

\ˈklar-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\play noun


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