clear up

phrasal verb
cleared up; clearing up; clears up

Definition of clear up

1 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.
2 of the skin : to become free of marks or spots My skin cleared up when I started using the cream.
3 : to go away My symptoms cleared up once I started using the cream.
4 British : to make an area clean or tidy Let's clear up before we leave.

Learn More about clear up

Statistics for clear up

Cite this Entry

“Clear up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clear%20up. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on clear up

Nglish: Translation of clear up for Spanish Speakers

Comments on clear up

What made you want to look up clear up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!