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

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.”
Recent Examples on the Web Combine his managerial acumen with what was a long and productive playing career and his being the most successful Black manager, and Baker is clearly a person of historical significance in the game’s history. Peter Abraham,, 7 May 2022 Sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring strain, Lowry clearly was less than himself in the 99-79 Friday night road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers that trimmed the Heat’s lead to 2-1 in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 7 May 2022 With buying power estimated at $150 billion, Gen Z is clearly the future. Kristen Wessel, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Biden and his administration seem eager to reverse the decline in union membership and union power, all while many Republicans are clearly intent on hastening labor’s decline. Steven Greenhouse, The New Republic, 6 May 2022 While emotions are clearly still high between the two, there appears to be no ill will on either side. Topher Gauk-roger,, 6 May 2022 The Met has had many of these designers in their collection already, so clearly there was a recognition of their value once upon a time. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Laptops were clearly top of mind in the design for this Michael Kors bag, which is rectangular, slim, and sized to fit most personal computers inside. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 5 May 2022 Its charmed run in this tournament was clearly, undoubtedly coming to an end. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clearly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2022

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“Clearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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