clear up

phrasal verb

cleared up; clearing up; clears up
of weather or the sky : to change so that there are no clouds, fog, etc.
The sky cleared up after the rain.
It's cloudy now, but it's clearing up gradually.
of the skin : to become free of marks or spots
My skin cleared up when I started using the cream.
: to go away
My symptoms cleared up once I started using the cream.
British : to make an area clean or tidy
Let's clear up before we leave.

Examples of clear up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To clear up some concerns and shed light on the decisions behind the creative endeavor, Variety spoke to Julie Veille, who came up with the original idea, and Gilles Marliac who are co-producing through their banner Seriously Happy and co-wrote the script. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 The show’s production delay helped Lowe clear up his schedule to film Unstable. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 The matriarch of the Norwood family, Sonja Norwood, took to Facebook to clear up rumors about her health scare that led to a stay in the emergency room, initially published by TMZ on November 6th. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 7 Nov. 2023 On October 21, the 41-year-old singer, talk show host, and Dallas Cowboys fan took to Instagram to clear up a misunderstanding about some recent comments about Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 22 Oct. 2023 The products contain oral phenylephrine, an almost-century-old ingredient in versions of decongestants and over-the-counter pills, syrups and liquids to clear up congested noses. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 Consult a healthcare provider—such as a podiatrist, who specializes in foot health—if your smelly feet do not clear up within a few days. Dwyer Frame, Health, 31 Oct. 2023 Corticosteroid nasal sprays, like Flonase, on the other hand, reduce inflammation in your airways and are pretty good at clearing up congestion. Julia Ries, SELF, 19 Oct. 2023 Nail artists love this soothing Julep oil for ragged cuticles, while Sally Hansen's renowned dissolver is great for clearing up jagged nail beds without needing cuticle cutters. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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