clear·ly | \ ˈklir-lē \

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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The store clearly still had fans in the community, said Anna Zolkowski Sobor, a board member with the Old Irving Park Association who attended the event. Lauren Zumbach,, "Chicago's last Sears to close for good Sunday," 13 July 2018 And Gingrich clearly had loftier ambitions than simply being elected House speaker in 1994 and upending Clinton’s presidency. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 By Stefan Stevenson Choo has clearly been the best Rangers player and had the best resume in a down year for the club. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "For Choo, All-Star nod a career goal. Home Run Derby? 'Probably not'," 9 July 2018 For better or worse, Westworld clearly has enough material to spin out dense, twisty, needlessly convoluted stories for years and years to come. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Finale: Let's Break Down Every Bonkers Thing That Happened," 25 June 2018 The Russians are not manufacturing an issue out of whole cloth — nationalism clearly has an authentic popular basis — but instead use their influence to magnify it. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Britain Has a Russia Collusion Scandal Now. It Looks Exactly Like Trump’s.," 22 June 2018 The questions clearly have significant management ramifications, and Milián-García is working with his genetic crystal ball to try to resolve some of the unknowns. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Many NGOs disapprove of for-profit education, and unions clearly have an interest in undermining it. The Economist, "Bridge Academies battles its enemies," 21 June 2018 Overall, the economy, especially job growth, is strong and that is clearly translating into a purchase market. Kathy Orton,, "Mortgage rates settle in for the summer," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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