clearly

adverb
clear·​ly | \ ˈklir-lē How to pronounce clearly (audio) \

Definition of clearly

1 : in a clear manner speaking clearly
2 : it is clear clearly, a new approach is needed

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Examples of clearly in a Sentence

You should try to speak more clearly. The mountain was clearly visible in the distance. The problem is very clearly getting worse. “A new approach is needed.” “Clearly.” “The current method isn't working.” “Clearly not.”
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Recent Examples on the Web Despite the fact that white supremacy was clearly a growing domestic terrorist threat over the past few years, law enforcement has been slow to recognize the urgency — a reluctance whose cost became clear on Jan. 6. Washington Post, "While Hollywood looked for perfect villains, they were hiding in plain sight," 15 Jan. 2021 But by Thursday morning, reality was clearly visible from the windows of his residence. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump fumes as aides try to fill final days with perks of the White House," 15 Jan. 2021 Ortiz has allowed it, reasoning there was clearly an attempt by the executive branch to thwart the legislative branch. David Bauder, ajc, "Riot? Insurrection? Words matter in describing Capitol siege," 14 Jan. 2021 The president was clearly not American in their eyes, giving rise to the birtherism conspiracy theory—that he was born in Kenya—upon which Donald Trump built his political empire. Chris Cannon, The New Republic, "The War on Terror Only Created More Terror in America," 14 Jan. 2021 Ortiz has allowed it, reasoning there was clearly an attempt by the executive branch to thwart the legislative branch. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Riot? Insurrection? Words matter in describing Capitol siege," 14 Jan. 2021 All 16 of their games have been won by double digits, and this clearly was one of the closest games they had been involved in to this point. Jim Derry | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Amoura Graves, Jaylee Womack push Ponchatoula past Mandeville, 59-43," 13 Jan. 2021 And there clearly aren’t enough of them to right the GOP now. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly, the party that broke the country wants unity," 13 Jan. 2021 In a few cases reviewed by ProPublica, the city has defended officers who seem to have lied or engaged in what was clearly misconduct. Mike Hayes, ProPublica, "New York City Paid an NBA Star Millions After an NYPD Officer Broke His Leg. The Officer Paid Little Price.," 12 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clearly was in the 14th century

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22 Jan 2021

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“Clearly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clearly. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for clearly

clearly

adverb
How to pronounce clearly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clearly

: in a clear manner : in a way that is easy to see, hear, or understand
: in a way that is certain : without doubt

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