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
clearer \ ˈklir-​ər How to pronounce clearer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for clear

Synonyms: Adjective

crystal, crystal clear, crystalline, limpid, liquid, lucent, pellucid, see-through, transparent

Synonyms: Verb

free, open, unblock

Antonyms: Adjective

cloudy, opaque

Antonyms: Verb

block

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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

After watching the trailer, one thing is clear: Bryce Walker is dead, but the question is, who killed him? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Hidden Clues from the "13 Reasons Why" Season 3 Trailer That You Probably Missed," 1 Aug. 2019 Finally, with lightning still off in the distance but a clear sky above, Frampton took the stage at 9:30 p.m. on the dot. John Leyba, The Know, "PHOTOS: Peter Frampton’s farewell tour sells out Red Rocks," 1 Aug. 2019 Things weren’t going well in Triple-A for Spangenberg, and his path back to the majors wasn’t clear. Alex Miller, ExpressNews.com, "Missions’ Cory Spangenberg finding his way back to MLB in San Antonio," 26 July 2019 That was clear during Wednesday’s broadcast of the Cardinals-Pirates game. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Pirates announcers called out the Cardinals for breaking a lame unwritten rule," 25 July 2019 The garbage bag’s significance did not become clear until after Hernandez’s body was found. Christian Sheckler, ProPublica, "The Questionable Conviction, and Re-Conviction, of Ricky Joyner," 20 July 2019 The Koreas technically remain at war, as made clear by the numerous road signs warning of mines and stray bullets from a nearby shooting range. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Can birds help connect North Korea to the world?," 19 July 2019 That became pretty clear early in this season of Big Brother. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Kemi says Bella and Nick preyed on weaker people in the Big Brother house," 19 July 2019 To be clear, Arnold is an Oscar-winning filmmaker who has claimed the jury prize at Cannes three times. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "This (Wo)Man’s Work," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

However, because these things are rarely clear-cut, not everyone remembers exactly when their trypophobia started. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Is Trypophobia Really a Fear of Holes or Something Else Entirely?," 26 July 2019 Use sun protection, and steer clear of poisonous plants! 3. Ramona Sentinel, "Crime Prevention Corner: 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for a safe Ramona summer," 24 July 2019 Such clear-cut, go-to-the-tape evidence isn’t always available in abuse cases, but Celeste’s coup—and the recoiling in the courtroom—conjures the moment Hollywood was forced to tear off its blinders, with some of the same players. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2 Was a Metaphor for Power in Hollywood in the #MeToo Era," 23 July 2019 The administration has not articulated a clear-cut view on climate and security. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "The Risk of Conflict Rises as the World Heats Up," 22 July 2019 Aldrin’s argument was that NASA tradition since the Gemini program made the decision clear-cut. Jamie Turner, cleveland.com, "Who would be first on the Moon and why? ‘Neil Armstrong was our Lindbergh’: Apollo 11 at 50," 18 July 2019 Tarpon were cruising the beaches before the weather and should return when waters clear; www.ateamfishing.com. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Friday Fishing Report: Find out what’s working and where," 12 July 2019 While Monday’s downpour led to water rescues elsewhere in the state, Carroll County residents managed to steer clear of the few flooded roadways and downed wires Monday. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "After some Carroll County roads flood, officials remind citizens to ‘Turn around, don’t drown’," 9 July 2019 In the Amazon rainforest, one soccer field-size area is clear-cut every minute. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And some of the levels include cockamamie traversal paths that require players to run back and forth through cleared, no-combat zones of levels. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Metal Wolf Chaos XD: A weirdly timed return to 2004’s robo-blasting innocence," 6 Aug. 2019 For the second time this season, the two teams had a benches-clearing brawl. Evan Hilbert, USA TODAY, "An MLB fan threw 96 MPH. He's now under contract," 4 Aug. 2019 Last summer a group called Occupy ICE created a campsite outside the city's ICE office that was ultimately dismantled when city police officers cleared them away, leaving the city with a massive cleanup of the site afterward. Fox News, "Anti-ICE protest in Portland leads to at least a dozen arrests," 3 Aug. 2019 The suit said the medical staff who discharged her weeks later noted none of these conditions and cleared her for travel without conducting any kind of examination or taking her vitals. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Mother of toddler who died after stay at immigrant jail in Dilley sues for $40 million in San Antonio," 1 Aug. 2019 The smoke clears revealing a puddle of smouldering slag where the throne once stood. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The weirdest parts of the “Game of Thrones” finale script," 1 Aug. 2019 After hospital officials cleared her to be released, officers took her into custody. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix officer's body-cavity search was 'inappropriate,' investigation finds," 31 July 2019 Marcy Garcia, a volunteer with the street outreach group Hip Hop Cares, said police and street department workers showed up to the camp Friday morning with dumpsters and equipment to clear it out. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "After 'misunderstanding,' New Albany officials say they will not clear out a homeless camp," 27 July 2019 Deloatche said attorneys from the Pentagon two weeks ago went to the Air Force Academy to discuss Cutting’s situation with academy officials, and the decision was made last Wednesday to clear him to play in the NFL in 2019 and beyond. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings rookie Austin Cutting to be used for Air Force recruiting while being permitted to play in NFL," 21 July 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 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 The Gladiators excelled on clears all afternoon, particularly buckling down any time the Seahawks made their way into the circle. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Glenelg field hockey opens season with 3-1 win over South River," 5 Sep. 2017 Bill Martin, Academy Park, Sr. – Clears space for Kareem Burton & Co. Nafeei Minor, Simon Gratz, Sr. – Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Offensive linemen who will dominate the trenches," 20 Aug. 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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clear

adjective

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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