\ ˈklir How to pronounce clear (audio) \

Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : bright, luminous bonfires clear and bright— Shakespeare
b : cloudless specifically : less than one-tenth covered a clear sky
c : free from mist, haze, or dust a clear day
d : untroubled, serene a clear gaze
2 : clean, pure: such as
a : free from blemishes clear skin
b : easily seen through : transparent clear glass clear plastic bags
c : free from abnormal sounds on auscultation
3a : easily heard a loud and clear sound
b : easily visible : plain a clear signal
c : free from obscurity or ambiguity : easily understood : unmistakable a clear explanation
4a : capable of sharp discernment : keen a clear thinker
b : free from doubt : sure not clear on how to proceed
5 : free from guile or guilt : innocent a clear conscience
6 : unhampered by restriction or limitation: such as
a : free of debts or charges a clear estate
b : net a clear profit
c : unqualified, absolute a clear victory
d : free from obstruction clear passage
e : emptied of contents or cargo A ship is clear after unloading.
f : free from entanglement or contact staying clear of controversy keep clear of the boundary
g : bare, denuded clear ground



Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : in a clear manner to cry loud and clear
2 : all the way drove clear across the state


cleared; clearing; clears

Definition of clear (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make clear or translucent clear the water by filtering
b : to free from pollution or cloudiness clear the atmosphere
2 : to free from accusation or blame : exonerate, vindicate the opportunity to clear himself
3a : to give insight to : enlighten clear my mind about the new arrangement
b : to make intelligible : explain clear up the mystery
4a : to free from what obstructs or is unneeded: such as
(1) : open sense 1b clear a path
(2) : to remove unwanted growth or items from clear the land of timber
(3) : to rid or make a rasping noise as if ridding (the throat) of phlegm needed to clear my throat
(4) : to erase stored or displayed data from (a device, such as a computer or calculator)
b : to empty of occupants clear the room
c : disentangle clear a fishing line
d : to remove from an area or place clear the dishes from the table
5a : to submit for approval clear it with me first
b : authorize, approve cleared the article for publication : such as
(1) : to certify as trustworthy clear a person for classified information
(2) : to permit (an aircraft) to proceed usually with a specified action the plane was cleared to land
6a : to free from obligation or encumbrance
b : settle, discharge clear an account
c(1) : to free (a ship or shipment) by payment of duties or harbor fees
(2) : to pass through (customs)
d : to gain without deduction : net clear a profit
e : to put through a clearinghouse clear a check
7a : to go over, under, or by without touching the ball just cleared the uprights
b : to move through successfully : pass the bill cleared the legislature

intransitive verb

1a : to become clear it cleared up quickly after the rain
b : to go away : vanish the symptoms cleared gradually
c : sell Hogs cleared at steady rates.
2a : to obtain permission to discharge cargo
b : to conform to regulations or pay requisite fees prior to leaving port The ship cleared yesterday and is ready to sail.
3 : to pass through a clearinghouse
4 : to go to an authority (as for approval) before becoming effective All tax bills must clear through our committee.
clear the air or less commonly clear the atmosphere
: to remove elements of hostility, tension, confusion, or uncertainty had a long meeting to clear the air
clear the decks
: to make sweeping preparations for action



Definition of clear (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a clear space or part
2 : a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton
in the clear
1 : in inside measurement corridors three feet in the clear
2 : free from guilt or suspicion The jury's decision was that he was in the clear.
3 : in plaintext : not in code or cipher a message sent in the clear

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Other Words from clear


clearness noun


clearable \ ˈklir-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce clearable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for clear

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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clear, transparent, translucent, limpid mean capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness. clear water transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly. a transparent sheet of film translucent implies the passage of light but not a clear view of what lies beyond. translucent frosted glass limpid suggests the soft clearness of pure water. her eyes were limpid pools of blue

clear, perspicuous, lucid mean quickly and easily understood. clear implies freedom from obscurity, ambiguity, or undue complexity. clear instructions perspicuous applies to a style that is simple and elegant as well as clear. a perspicuous style lucid suggests a clear logical coherence and evident order of arrangement. a lucid explanation

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Examples of clear in a Sentence

Adjective There are clear differences between the two candidates. She's the clear favorite to win the election. I'm not completely happy with the plan, but I see no clear alternative. He was the clear winner. She has made it abundantly clear that she does not support us. It's not clear how much longer we'll have to wait. “Changes will have to be made.” “Yes, that's clear.” Her writing has a clear style. The instructions weren't very clear about when we were supposed to begin. I think I have a clear understanding of the problem. Adverb We drove clear across the state. The ball rolled clear across the street. Verb The sky cleared after the rain. The weather is cloudy now, but it's clearing gradually. The morning fog gradually cleared. When the smoke cleared, we could see that the building had been completely destroyed. The water cleared after the mud had settled. My skin cleared when I started using the cream. They cleared timber from the land. She cleared everything out of the closet. I'll clear those books out of the way. The police ordered the crowd to clear the area.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Friday hearing was expected to include some closed-door testimony by Zarate before Chhabria, the San Francisco Examiner reported – though the reason for that portion was not clear. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Competency of Kate Steinle’s alleged killer being reviewed by federal judge," 18 Oct. 2020 Fauci, the government’s top disease expert, says the data on masks working is clear. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Trump adviser questions efficacy of mask mandates despite CDC guidelines recommending their use," 18 Oct. 2020 What is clear is that the Taliban direct their ire most fervently at the president, painting him as an American puppet. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Corruption, conflict and a common enemy: Can old Afghan opponents come together to make peace?," 18 Oct. 2020 And if the Senate turns Democratic after the upcoming elections, the path could be clear for Congress to pass new antitrust legislation that would be appropriate for the digital 21st century. Isaac Cheifetz, Star Tribune, "Dems would provide digital platforms a needed 21st century makeover," 17 Oct. 2020 The exact scope of what was being investigated was not clear. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani," 17 Oct. 2020 The legal criteria for overcoming the Supremacy Clause have been made clear in a series of cases dating to the 19th century, when the logic held that unruly state authorities were trying to overstep their bounds. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Prosecuting Park Police officers in Bijan Ghaisar slaying faces significant legal hurdle," 16 Oct. 2020 Nor has it been made clear whether the skeleton will end up at a museum like Sue did. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "A T. Rex Sold for $31.8 Million and Paleontologists Are Worried," 16 Oct. 2020 John Galliano thrived amid the limitations of lockdown, as his revealing Maison Margiela films made clear. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "“Faced With Restrictions, These Are the Designers Who Took Us Somewhere New”—Vogue Editors Weigh In on the Most Innovative Presentations of Spring 2021," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb It is integrated into the hotel’s elevator system, greets guests with beeps and boops, and knows to steer clear of open stairwells. Gregory Thomas,, "‘Robots don’t sneeze.’ Hotels, hospitals, offices turning to delivery bots during coronavirus pandemic," 7 Oct. 2020 Studios seem to steer clear of Tibet, once the topic of major movies such as Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt. Jane Li, Quartz, "Netflix’s “Three-Body Problem” has to figure out how to not be the next “Mulan”," 25 Sep. 2020 Focus on making your most inspiring ideas a reality and steer clear of controversies. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 23, 2020: Virgo, skip major purchases; Sagittarius, stay on top of trends," 23 Sep. 2020 Catholic priests — all faith leaders — are supposed to steer clear of endorsing political leaders, at minimum from the pulpit. Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, "Two renegade priests: one calls COVID sham, one says Dems face hell," 14 Sep. 2020 The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Toney also might steer clear of a swarm of bodies and avoid injury. Edgar Thompson,, "UF playmaker Kadarius Toney becoming complete receiver for Gators," 4 Sep. 2020 Then, the drivers threw wide the throttles and leapt clear of the engines onto the muddy bank along the track. Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Daily Guide, Sunday, August 30," 30 Aug. 2020 Fans of horror know to steer clear of haunted mansions, dense forests, and bucolic cabins after sunset. Elizabeth Horkley, The Atlantic, "The First Great ‘Quarantine Horror’ Movie Has Arrived," 19 Aug. 2020 And non-smokers should steer clear of secondhand smoke, regardless of COVID-19. Claire Gillespie,, "Can You Get COVID-19 From Secondhand Smoke? Here's What Experts Say," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s the ultimate clear-your-fridge-or-pantry dish. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cheesy sausage and rice stuffed peppers perfect for a chilly fall day," 8 Oct. 2020 Players can return to the practice squad twice without first having to clear waivers. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Ravens promote CB Khalil Dorsey to active roster for second straight game," 3 Oct. 2020 The ready-to-drink beverage maker Bottoms Up Cocktails. Proline Products of Dallas, which makes a product to clear drain clogs. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "DJ Screw relaxation ‘drank’ is one of the local brands vying for shelf space at Walmart," 30 Sep. 2020 Agencies have been working to clear bombs in the area ahead of the 2023 Pacific Games, which will be hosted by the Solomon Islands, the Associated Press reported. Rachel Desantis,, "2 Men Working to Find Unexploded WWII Bombs Killed After One Detonates in Solomon Islands," 21 Sep. 2020 The technique originates from Native American land management to clear brush, manage wildlife and more, and is now a key component of California's fire management efforts. Peter Fimrite,, "Ignoring fire evacuation orders is rampant in California. That perilous choice endangers others, officials say," 20 Sep. 2020 To clear tons of rock, the crew bought the region’s only working jackhammer, which broke within minutes, forcing them to seek repairs from the seller of the defective tool. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 During the offseason, the Rams released star running back Todd Gurley and traded Cooks to clear salary-cap space for impending extensions for Ramsey and Kupp. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Cooper Kupp and Rams reach agreement on three-year contract extension," 12 Sep. 2020 He’ll be backed up by Beau Allen while the Wildcats were waiting on the SEC to clear Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood. Mark Heim |, al, "No. 8 Auburn-No. 23 Kentucky live stream (9/26): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eagles coach Denise Wolf said adjustments designed to improve clears and get better looks off corners helped keep her team in strong contention, particularly in a back-and-forth first half. Rich Scherr,, "Drills, deflection make difference for Garrison Forest in IAAM field hockey semifinals," 1 Nov. 2019 Although the public health guidelines are clear - steer clear of others - these workers are putting in longer shifts and taking on bigger workloads. Author: Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "Grocery workers increasingly fear showing up at work," 13 Apr. 2020 But steer clear of buying this for gamers looking for a traditional Sonic or Mario platformers: This might be a loser for them. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Gift Guide: Winning Presents for the Video Gamers on Your List," 5 Dec. 2019 Brady adds that Kennedy, who has committed to play at Virginia Tech, was just as valuable on defending clears thanks to her strong footwork. Brent Kennedy,, "Hensh takes own path to Howard County girls lacrosse Player of Year honors," 10 June 2019 Off the beaches, Spanish mackerel will turn on as soon as winds drop and water clears, and cobia are also in the area around markers and other structure. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 20 Apr. 2018 Brady adds that Kennedy, who has committed to play at Virginia Tech, was just as valuable on defending clears thanks to her strong footwork. Brent Kennedy,, "Hensh takes own path to Howard County girls lacrosse Player of Year honors," 10 June 2019 Domagoj Vida had seven clears from the Croatian defense. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 One key in Sunday’s 10-9 overtime win against Georgetown was the Blue Jays’ ability to force the Hoyas into failing on five of 17 clears. Edward Lee,, "Johns Hopkins vs. Duke men’s lacrosse: Three things to watch," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of clear


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clear

Adjective, Adverb, Verb, and Noun

Middle English clere, from Anglo-French cler, from Latin clarus clear, bright; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low entry 3

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21 Oct 2020

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“Clear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce clear (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: very obvious : not causing or allowing doubt
: easily understood
: free from doubt or confusion



English Language Learners Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a clear manner
chiefly US, informal : all the way : completely or entirely



English Language Learners Definition of clear (Entry 3 of 3)

of weather or the sky : to change so that there are no clouds, fog, etc.
of clouds, fog, smoke, etc. : to go away
of a liquid : to change by becoming easier to see through : to become transparent or more transparent


\ ˈklir How to pronounce clear (audio) \
clearer; clearest

Kids Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : easily heard, seen, noticed, or understood a clear definition The differences were clear. She spoke in a clear voice.
2 : free of clouds, haze, or mist a clear day
3 : free from feelings of guilt a clear conscience
4 : easily seen through clear water
5 : free from doubt or confusion : sure Are you clear on what you need to do?
6 : free of blemishes clear skin
7 : not blocked a clear path a clear view
8 : bright sense 1, luminous clear sunlight

Other Words from clear

clearly adverb
clearness noun


cleared; clearing

Kids Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to free of things blocking I cleared my throat.
2 : to make or become free of clouds, haze, or mist The sky cleared.
3 : to get rid of : remove Please clear dishes from the table.
4 : to go over or by without touching The ball I hit cleared the fence.
5 : to go away : disperse The crowd cleared rapidly.
6 : explain sense 1 We tried to clear the matter up.
7 : to free from blame The judge cleared my name.
8 : to approve or be approved by Our plane was cleared to land. Our proposal cleared the committee.
9 : to make as profit We cleared 85 dollars on the sale.



Kids Definition of clear (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : in a way that is easy to hear loud and clear
2 : all the way I could hear you clear across the room.


\ ˈkli(ə)r How to pronounce clear (audio) \

Medical Definition of clear

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a of the skin or complexion : good in texture and color and without blemish or discoloration
b of an animal coat : of uniform shade without spotting
2 : free from abnormal sounds on auscultation

Medical Definition of clear (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to render (a specimen for microscopic examination) transparent by the use of an agent (as an essential oil) that modifies the index of refraction
2 : to rid (the throat) of phlegm or of something that makes the voice indistinct or husky

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Legal Definition of clear

1 : unencumbered by outstanding claims or interests a search showed the title was clear
2 : free from doubt or ambiguity

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