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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No-one wants to see their child in pain, and seeing a younger woman clearly in distress hit home for a lot of people. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher Open Up About Confronting Jeff Flake in the Elevator," 29 Oct. 2018 Sharp sounds near me (such as my fingers snapping) came through clearly, and a nearby speaker’s voice came across as a bit hollow. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Headphones: tune out the outside world to focus," 3 Oct. 2018 There’s one adverse health effect that nicotine is clearly, unequivocally responsible for, and that’s addiction. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is nicotine actually bad for you?," 10 Aug. 2018 Don’t engage in an argument that’s clearly a power struggle. Sarah Digiulio /, NBC News, "What is gaslighting? And how do you know if it's happening to you?," 13 July 2018 Giving consumers predictability in health-care costs is a smart idea, and although FAIR Health is trying, clearly there’s a disconnect. Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 Guidelines: Submissions should be around 600 words; should state a topic clearly, with supporting examples; and use examples drawn from South Florida. Eduardo Gruener, miamiherald, "No, your house is not an investment," 9 July 2018 The suit went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 that the feeding tube should remain because the daughter's end-of-life wishes were not clearly stated in writing. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Myra Christopher, longtime leader of Center for Practical Bioethics in KC, retires," 1 July 2018 In September 2017, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel ruled in favor of Spencer and recommended city officials clarify the city’s charter to clearly state the practice had already gained voter approval. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Burbank to consider placing sales tax measure on November ballot," 30 June 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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