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 With no functioning parliament for nearly a year and without a clear majority in that parliament, the chances of Netanyahu and his supporters being able to pass legislation to overhaul the election process is very slim. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Stopping a third Israeli election — and why it probably won’t work," 8 Dec. 2019 Amid outcry from a Detroit civil-rights group denouncing the Winfrey rant as racist and sexist, Rock shot back with an obscenity-laced response and a clear message: The homegrown rap-rocker was fed up with Detroit. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kid Rock is still Kid Rock — it's the culture that has changed since he hit the scene," 8 Dec. 2019 There is also a clear divergence in opinion among African leaders using the currency. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "How the France-backed African CFA franc works as an enabler and barrier to development," 7 Dec. 2019 Flying into it, the pilot powered up the four engines in an attempt to climb to clear sky. Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Redoubt’s eruption 30 years ago changed how we monitor volcanoes around the world," 7 Dec. 2019 The artist reported no clear instructions for buyers on whether the bananas start to decompose. CBS News, "Performance artist eats banana duct-taped to wall that sold for $120,000," 7 Dec. 2019 Four uneven bands — the sunset, clear sky, waves, and a black triangle — are punctuated by three heads and the moon. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Puzzling over Meaning in Winslow Homer’s Kissing the Moon," 7 Dec. 2019 Once responses are in — like magic — the app returns the clear choice. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "8 Smart Ideas For a Holiday Potluck with Friends," 6 Dec. 2019 Neglected and abandoned, Red, a rescue dog, showed clear signs of physical abuse, as he was found two years ago with cigarette burns on his underside. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty County pup Red sworn in as K-9 Deputy Dog," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There was something inscrutable about him, that was my feeling—a tumultuous heart, in which nothing was clear-cut. Emilio Fraia, The New Yorker, "Sevastopol," 9 Dec. 2019 The San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots are the other teams that could clinch postseason positions in Week 13, but their paths are less clear-cut. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL Week 13: Saints seek Thanksgiving clincher," 27 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Majd Al Helwani, 25, was cleared of four felony counts last week. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Syrian national living in Fishers indicted on federal firearm charges found not guilty," 9 Dec. 2019 Kelly was cleared of all genetic issues for which there are tests. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "Her baby was stillborn. Now, a San Antonio woman wants to spare mothers the grief," 8 Dec. 2019 In other Browns injury news: * Greg Robinson was cleared from the concussion protocol and was at practice. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Baker Mayfield limited in practice with his bruised hand; Greg Robinson cleared from concussion protocol," 4 Dec. 2019 Forward Matt Calvert, who has missed six games with a concussion, has been cleared for contact and participated in a full-team practice Monday. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Squash the rumors: Avs star Mikko Rantanen hasn’t returned to the injury list," 2 Dec. 2019 Quarterback Charlie Brewer is cleared to play after taking a hard hit early in the fourth quarter of last week’s game and not returning. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "College football preview: No. 9 Baylor at Kansas," 29 Nov. 2019 RB Jordan Howard still hasn’t been cleared for contact with a shoulder injury. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins odds, picks and best bets," 28 Nov. 2019 Dixon, a 2004 Oviedo grad, was cleared of a hazing allegation in 2016 as head coach at Port Orange Atlantic, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Oviedo football moves on from Matt Dixon, creates fifth Orlando area coaching vacancy," 27 Nov. 2019 The North Lawn of the White House has been cleared, and pedestrian traffic in the area has been restricted. NBC News, "Airspace violation in Washington, D.C., White House on lockdown," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, 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

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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/clearable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=clear002. Accessed 14 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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