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 With Democrats nine seats away from a majority, the first campaign finance reports of 2020 filed last week clearly showed where the most competitive races are, the strongest fundraisers and who needs additional help. Ariana Giorgi, Dallas News, "With first real look at 2020 campaign funding, battle lines begin to form in fight for Texas House," 19 Jan. 2020 Two things vital for the next manager: A personal understanding of the baseball culture in Boston and the ability to clearly communicate with the players, public, and media. Peter Abraham,, "Recapping baseball’s week of scandal," 18 Jan. 2020 The task force didn’t take any action, other than clearly communicating that property taxes are not viable. oregonlive, "3 things to know as Metro’s $7 billion transportation package takes shape," 17 Jan. 2020 The data clearly shows that the 4Q 2019 launches of both Disney+ and Apple TV+ DID NOT immediately inflict significant damage to the streaming market structure. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney+, Apple TV+ Are No Netflix Killers, Says Analyst," 17 Jan. 2020 Hannah and Peter really do still clearly have feelings for one another. Martha Sorren,, "Hannah Brown’s Final Moment On The Bachelor Could Actually Fuel Those Reunion Theories," 14 Jan. 2020 The torrent of videos and other graphic depictions of police violence targeting Black women and girls clearly shows something salient at work that does involve the psychology of masculinity. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Naming the Threat," 2 Jan. 2020 The video then clearly shows Griggs grabbing the victim by the neck, according to the arrest citation. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police: Security guard at Kroger arrested after stabbing customer during fight," 2 Jan. 2020 The lowest annual dose that has clearly shown a link to cancer is a hundred millisieverts. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jan 2020

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“Clearly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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