clear

adjective
\ 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

clear

adverb

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

clear

verb
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

clear

noun

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

Adjective

clearness noun

Verb

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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Adjective

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 discourse of the president and his minister of environment sends a clear message that there will be no consequences for violating environmental laws. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Brazil’s deforestation is exploding—and 2020 will be worse," 22 Nov. 2019 Maryland regulations make clear paramedics have the authority to override alerts. John Diedrich, jsonline.com, "Some busy hospitals say they must turn away ambulances. Here's how one state banned the practice," 22 Nov. 2019 This suggests the dolphins do hear the vessels loud and clear. Shreya Dasgupta, Quartz India, "Noisy ships on India’s Ganga river are drowning the clicks of dolphins," 21 Nov. 2019 However, Fenton says the precise mechanism is not clear. Allure, "Why Your Hair Sheds More in Fall and What You Can Do About It," 21 Nov. 2019 What is not clear, at this point — and what his time at Spurs may answer — is whether that is the current generation or not. Rory Smith, New York Times, "English Soccer Is Hopelessly Addicted to José Mourinho," 20 Nov. 2019 The impact of climate change on agriculture is clear. Peter Johnston, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s farms face an existential threat from climate change," 20 Nov. 2019 Instead, the tipping point came with a line uttered by the L.A. actress as rationale for her continued role in the play once her not-quite-true identity becomes clear. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "In “The Thanksgiving Play,” cultural correctness, “enlightened white allies” and the perils of being “woke”," 19 Nov. 2019 To be clear, my mother does not speak directly of these things. Carmel Mc Mahon, Longreads, "Brigid, Magdalene, My Mother, and Me," 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There’s just so many decisions and there are never clear-cut answers. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us producer breaks down Rebecca's fate and those flash-forward shockers," 20 Nov. 2019 Officials say trees were clear-cut, waterways diverted, and the ground littered with containers of fertilizer and rodenticide. USA TODAY, "Nativity on the run, ‘Bag O’Slag,’ kapu aloha: News from around our 50 states," 19 Nov. 2019 Stepping into the breach None of this advice is meant to deny the structural and logistical factors that may prompt women to steer clear of politics. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why all women should learn to self-promote like a politician," 4 Oct. 2019 The differences between their gut microbiotas were clear-cut. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "C-Section Babies Are Missing Key Microbes," 18 Sep. 2019 To all the CEOs out there, hear us loud and clear: Your greed is coming to an end. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "“Help me transform this country”: Bernie Sanders rallies thousands of supporters in downtown Denver," 9 Sep. 2019 Standing with Jay Rothman, ESPN’s longtime Monday Night Football producer and another Gruden confidant, Davis believed the gray skies overheard would soon clear—even if that hasn’t yet been the case. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 And steer clear from political groups that are not committed to democratic processes or have racially motivated agendas. Klaus Meyer, Quartz, "How to prevent a fascist takeover: Lessons from the Nazi party’s rise to power," 17 Aug. 2019 There are the obvious natural culprits to steer clear of, like talc (see Ingredients to Avoid), and then there are products to be wary of, like clay, which may be contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The smoke cleared as rescue workers carried bodies in stretchers and hundreds gathered at the scene. Arkansas Online, "Plane crashes into homes in Congo; at least 26 dead," 24 Nov. 2019 The house last week looked as if everyone had left it for the day, with beds made, clothes hanging in closets and an armoire, linen folded neatly in an upstairs closet, the kitchen table cleared. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Family fled sewage-contaminated house on San Antonio base," 24 Nov. 2019 The Bucks are 7-6-1 in favor of the over, clearing the number by an average of 4.8 points. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Trail Blazers-Bucks odds, picks and best bets," 21 Nov. 2019 Bevin's decision to drop any challenge to the election clears the way for Beshear to move ahead without any lingering dispute over his governorship. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Gov.-elect Andy Beshear after Bevin conceded: 'This was a tough race, but it is now over'," 14 Nov. 2019 Eventually, a consensus was reached when the Bridgestone Arena, the venue where the awards show was held, cleared things up. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "Um, Was Luke Combs Booed at the CMA Awards Last Night?," 14 Nov. 2019 There's also the Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser for clearing away stubborn waterproof makeup, All-in-One Mattifying Micellar Cleansing Water to help de-shine oily skin, as well as travel and jumbo sizes. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Drugstore Facial Cleanser Is Sold Once Every Four Seconds," 9 Nov. 2019 Oily skin mask Mint contains pore-clearing salicylic acid, while the vitamin C and citric acid in the fruits help brighten and exfoliate skin. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, "Natural DIY Face Masks for Every Skin Type and Concern," 7 Nov. 2019 Guards moved cash in armored vehicles in South Africa, cleared land mines in the Middle East and provided muscle to fledgling governments in war zones. USA Today, "A security empire deployed guards with violent pasts across the U.S. Some went on to rape, assault or kill," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, baltimoresun.com, "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, AL.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins vs. Duke men’s lacrosse: Three things to watch," 20 May 2018 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, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 20 Apr. 2018 Southampton remain rooted in 18th position in the league standings with six matches left of the 2017/18 campaign, and are five clears from safety ahead of the next round of fixtures. SI.com, "Mark Hughes Hits Out at Poor Saints Showing in 3-0 Defeat to Fellow Strugglers West Ham," 1 Apr. 2018 United are currently second in the table, seven points clears of their north west rivals after seven games, level on points with neighbours Manchester City and trailing only on goal difference. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Reportedly Set for Bumper New 5-Year Manchester United Contract," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of clear

Adjective

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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Noun

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

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The first known use of clear was in the 13th century

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“Clear.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clear?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=clear001. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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clear

adjective
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

clear

adverb

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

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

clear

verb

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

clear

adjective
\ 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

clear

verb
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.

clear

adverb

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.

clear

adjective
\ 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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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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