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clear

adjective \ ˈklir \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of clear

1 a :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
3 a :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
4 a :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

clearness

noun

Examples of clear in a Sentence

  1. There are clear differences between the two candidates.

  2. She's the clear favorite to win the election.

  3. I'm not completely happy with the plan, but I see no clear alternative.

  4. He was the clear winner.

  5. She has made it abundantly clear that she does not support us.

  6. It's not clear how much longer we'll have to wait.

  7. “Changes will have to be made.” “Yes, that's clear.”

  8. Her writing has a clear style.

  9. The instructions weren't very clear about when we were supposed to begin.

  10. I think I have a clear understanding of the problem.

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Origin and Etymology of clear

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

Synonym Discussion of clear

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

synonyms see in addition evident

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clear

adverb

Definition of clear

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

Examples of clear in a Sentence

  1. We drove clear across the state.

  2. The ball rolled clear across the street.

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Origin and Etymology of clear

see 1clear


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clear

verb

Definition of clear

transitive verb
1 a :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
3 a :to give insight to :enlighten
  • clear my mind about the new arrangement
b :to make intelligible :explain
  • clear up the mystery
4 a :to free from what obstructs or is unneeded: such as
(1) :open 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
5 a :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
6 a :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
7 a :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
1 a :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.
2 a :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.

clearable

play \ˈklir-ə-bəl\ adjective

clearer

play \ˈklir-ər\ noun
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

Examples of clear in a Sentence

  1. The sky cleared after the rain.

  2. The weather is cloudy now, but it's clearing gradually.

  3. The morning fog gradually cleared.

  4. When the smoke cleared, we could see that the building had been completely destroyed.

  5. The water cleared after the mud had settled.

  6. My skin cleared when I started using the cream.

  7. They cleared timber from the land.

  8. She cleared everything out of the closet.

  9. I'll clear those books out of the way.

  10. The police ordered the crowd to clear the area.

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Origin and Etymology of clear

see 1clear

clear Synonyms

Synonyms
free, open, unblock
Antonyms
block
Related Words
ease, facilitate, loosen (up), smooth, unchoke, unclog, unplug, unstop; unclutter; strip
Near Antonyms
clog, close, dam, obstruct, plug, stop; clutter (up)

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clear

noun

Definition of clear

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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Origin and Etymology of clear

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CLEAR Defined for English Language Learners

clear

adjective

Definition of clear for English Language Learners

  • : very obvious : not causing or allowing doubt

  • : easily understood

  • : free from doubt or confusion


clear

adverb

Definition of clear for English Language Learners

  • : in a clear manner

  • : all the way : completely or entirely


CLEAR Defined for Kids

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clear

adjective \ ˈklir \

Definition of clear for Students

clearer; clearest
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 1, luminous
  • clear sunlight

clearly

adverb

clearness

noun

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clear

verb

Definition of clear for Students

cleared; clearing
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 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.

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clear

adverb

Definition of clear for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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clear

adjective \ ˈkli(ə)r \

medical Definition of clear

1 a 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

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clear

transitive verb

medical Definition of clear

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

Law Dictionary

clear

adjective

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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